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Goldwater Scholarship Program

The Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship is a distinguished undergraduate scholarship initiative that provides up to $7500 a year for college sophomores and juniors in the natural sciences, mathematics, and engineering pursuing careers in research. This highly prestigious and competitive award is granted to up to 300 students nationwide.

Office Pre-Application Deadline: December 1, 2017

Final Office Deadline: January 12, 2018 by 12:00 pm EST


  • U.S citizen, U.S. national, or permanent resident intending to become a citizen
  • Full-time sophomore or junior (1-2 years of study remaining after applying)
  • Intend to pursue a research career in a natural science, mathematics or engineering
  • 3.0 GPA minimum

Application Process: The university is allowed to nominate up to four applicants, so there is an internal selection process: Pre-Application:

  • Register with Goldwater's application system here.
  • Complete and submit the pre-application form, which includes listing three references.

Once your pre-application is complete, we will approve it so long as you meet Goldwater's criteria for eligibility, and you will receive an email confirming that you've been approved. Application: Once your pre-application is approved, you can begin the full application. A completed application includes:

  • Online application form
  • Research essay (3 pages, guidance, and formatting guidelines found here, under step 3)

For the internal process, we will print advising transcripts on your behalf. If you are a permanent resident, the additional materials required won't be needed until after the internal selection process.

References: Once we approve your pre-application we will review your references. If we have any questions we will contact you, otherwise, your references have been approved and we will contact them with details on submitting their letters directly to our office. Please make sure you discuss your application with your references. It is important that they write a letter appropriate for Goldwater who provides this guidance for letter writers. We highly recommend that you share drafts of your research essay with your references as they will be best able to offer you feedback, and it will help inform their letters. Reference letters are due by the final office deadline.

Nomination: All applicants will be notified of their status within one week of the office deadline. Selected nominees will need to submit official transcripts, and, if a permanent resident, permanent resident card and letter of intent to become a citizen. We will provide guidance to all nominees on the final steps of the application process.  

Current Status: 
Sophomore, Junior
Duration of Award: 
None (Award Only)
Office Nomination
Fields of Study: 
Agricultural Sciences, Health-related, STEM
Semester of Application Deadline: 
Spring (January – April)

Boucke Building
University Fellowships Office
321 Boucke Building
University Park, PA 16802