Application Process

Being a Chidsey Leadership Fellow is a significant commitment, but one that is well worth it. Fellows must be able to balance academics, social life, and involvement in student organizations with their participation in the leadership program.


In order to be a Chidsey Fellow, you must meet the following requirements:

  • First-year student
  • Available to meet for group meetings (5-7 p.m. on Monday evenings)


All application materials are available online.

Submit the application in early September. Check for specific deadlines on Inside Davidson (authentication required).

  • Complete the online applicaton (preferred method). You should receive an e-mail confirmation that your application has been received within one hour.
  • If you are unable to complete your application online, you may download the application (PDF), type your answers in a separate document, and e-mail the document to our office. You will receive an e-mail confirmation within two business days.

We then invite strong applicants to participate in a group interview shortly after arriving on campus.

Program Deadlines & Schedule

Event Date
Application Submit in early September
Group Interviews Mid-September
Chidsey Fellows Orientation A Saturday in late September
Chidsey Fellows Dinners and Seminars Mondays from 5-7 p.m.

Selection Criteria

We will look at applicants from two perspectives: (1) how the individual would benefit from the Chidsey Leasdership 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