Application Process

The application for the Chidsey Leadership Fellows program will be available here on July 15. All first year students are invited to apply. Applications are due Monday, Sept. 7. Strong applicants will be invited to participate in a group interview.


In order to be a Chidsey Fellow, you must:

  • Be a first-year student
  • Be available for Chidsey meetings and events from 4:30-6:30 p.m. on Monday evenings


All application materials are available online starting July 15. Submit the application by Monday, Sept. 7, 2015. The application is available online on our website. You will get an immediate pop up confirmation that your application was received after pressing the submit button on the application.

Program Deadlines & Schedule

The program dates are firm. Please reserve them on your calendar.

Event Date
Application Monday, Sept. 7 at 5 p.m.
Group Interviews Wednesday, Sept. 16, 4:30-6 p.m. or 7-8:30 p.m.
Notification of Status Friday, Sept. 18
Chidsey Fellows Orientation Sunday, Sept. 20, 1-5 p.m.; Welcome Dinner Following
Chidsey Fellows Dinners and Seminars Mondays, 4:30-6:30 p.m.

Selection Criteria

We will look at applicants from two perspectives: (1) how the individual would benefit from the Chidsey Leadership Fellows experience, and (2) how each individual would contribute to the leadership learning experience of other fellows and the broader community.

We believe that individuals can best benefit from the program if they:

  • Enjoy getting involved in issues and organizations that they care about— whether they tend to take on formal leadership roles, work behind the scenes, or participate actively
  • Want share their leadership skills with organizations and help them to be more effective, address challenges, and/or innovate
  • Value being a part of a leadership learning community
  • Care about supporting and developing others

We are trying to form a community of fellows who:

  • Have different styles, personalities, cultures, and/or beliefs. Fellows become better leaders by learning in a community with people who think and behave differently than they do
  • Represent diverse interests and talents so that the fellows can best support the leadership development needs of the broader Davidson College community