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Goldwater Scholarship Program

The Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship is a distinguished undergraduate scholarship initiative that provides up to $7,500 per 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: October 30th, 2019

Office Full-Application Deadline: November 22, 2019 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 

If you are interested in applying, please notify the University Fellowships Office by email ( and follow the internal process outlined below.

Application Process:

The university is allowed to nominate up to four applicants, so there is an internal selection process.

Students interested in applying to the Goldwater Scholarship Program must first complete the following steps by the pre-application deadline mentioned above.

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

The office will review pre-application forms and approve them so long as students meet Goldwater's criteria for eligibility and they have identified three potential letter writers. Students will receive an email confirming that they've been approved to submit an application. (If we have any questions, we will contact you.) 

Once the pre-application deadline passes, we will contact identified letter writers with details on submitting their letters directly to our office. Please make sure you discuss your application with your references in advance. It is important that they write a letter appropriate for Goldwater. Therefore, we recommend that applicants share drafts of their application materials with their letter writers. Not only they will be best able to offer you feedback, but your materials will also help inform their letters. We also recommend that applicants provide letter writers with this guidance, which was developed by The Barry Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Foundation. Reference letters are due by the final office deadline.

To be considered for nomination, applicants must submit the following materials and letter writers must submit their recommendations by the full-application deadline above via email ( 

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

    Note: 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.

    Applicants will be notified within one to two weeks with whether they've been nominated or not. Nominees will need to submit official transcripts, and, if a permanent resident, permanent resident card and letter of intent to become a citizen. Nominees will also have a chance to revise their materials, if necessary, prior to final submission. 

    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