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Goldwater Scholarship

Provides support for undergraduates pursuing research careers in the natural sciences, mathematics, or engineering.


The Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Program was established by Congress in 1986 to honor Senator Barry M. Goldwater, who served his country for 56 years as a soldier and statesman, including 30 years of service in the U.S. Senate.  The purpose of the Foundation is to provide a continuing source of highly qualified scientists, mathematicians, and engineers by awarding scholarships to college sophomores and juniors who intend to pursue careers in these fields.


SEE ALSO:  Hertz Fellowship, DOD Graduate Fellowships, NIH Graduate Partnerships Program, NSF Graduate Research Fellowship, DHS Graduate Fellowship, DOE Computational Science Graduate Fellowship

Selection Criteria

A strong candidate will have had the opportunity to participate in research, either at her institution, in local industry, or in a national research facility.  Students who have not participated in formal research can demonstrate intellectual curiosity through independent investigation of a theory or issue related to their fields of interest.  Abilities and potential are also shown through meeting significant responsibilities, involvement in science-related organizations, and accomplishments outside the classroom.


Applicants must:

  • Be a full-time matriculated sophomore or junior pursuing a degree at an accredited institution of higher education during the academic year in which he or she applies.  “Sophomore” is defined as a student who plans two more years of full-time undergraduate study beginning September after application.  “Junior” is defined as a student who plans one more year of full-time undergraduate study beginning September after application;

  • Have a college grade point average of at least “B” (or the equivalent) and be in the upper fourth of his or her class;

  • Be a U.S. citizen, permanent resident, or U.S. national.   


Sophomore nominees will receive $7,500 annually for two years.

Junior nominees will receive $7,500.


Sophomore nominees can expect to receive a maximum of two years of support. 

Junior nominees can expect to receive a maximum of one year of support.

For more information:

Goldwater Scholarship



Internal Selection Deadline (LSU)