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Davidson Fellows scholarship acceptance rate


Application Submission & Deadline

The 2024 application is now closed. The 2025 application will open in Fall of 2024.

  • Please submit the initial portion of the application as soon as possible. (The sooner you submit the initial portion, the sooner your application can be approved, giving you and your nominators more time to complete nominating forms and application requirements.)
  • Once the initial portion of your application has been submitted, it will be held for review (1-2 business days).
  • When the initial portion of your application is approved, you will receive an email notification alerting you that you can continue with your application.
    • In part two of the application, you will input your nominator’s information and send them their nominating forms.
    • Additionally in part two, you will input a parent’s information and send them their parent approval form(s). NOTE: only one parent approval form is required. If it is a team submission, one parent form is required per team member.
  • Students can apply with one project only
  • All intellectual property contained within the application remains that of the applicant. No application material is ever published on the Davidson Fellows website.
  • The deadline for receipt of all application materials for 2025 will be announced in the Fall of 2024.
  • Check out this How to Apply video for tips!
  • IMPORTANT: The Davidson Fellows Scholarship does NOT accept community service projects. Additionally, describing a future major or occupation is NOT an eligible submission.  GOOGLE PRODUCTS ARE NOT ACCEPTED, THIS INCLUDES GOOGLE DOCS AND VIDEOS.

Review Process and Notification

Each submission is examined for completeness and accuracy. Qualified entries are then sorted by category and evaluated by an independent team of judges comprised of professionals with expertise in related domain areas. The team of judges may, at their sole discretion, consult with additional experts to assist in evaluating the merits of each submission.

Any work submitted by an applicant will be the applicant’s own work. Applicants are not to submit their work without acknowledging any word-for-word use and/or paraphrasing of writing, ideas or other work that is not their own. All submissions are run through plagiarism detection and AI-generated text detection software.

The independent team of judges will identify which applicants will be named Davidson Fellows and decide whether they will receive a $10,000, $25,000 or $50,000 scholarship. Judges' Project Selection Scale (PDF)

All applicants are notified on or before July 15 each year.

If you have any questions, please email

The Davidson Fellows Scholarship Program does not discriminate based on race, gender, religion, ethnicity or disability.