The Center for Life Beyond Reed

Goldwater Scholarship Internal Application Instructions

The Goldwater program aims to support students who aspire to future careers as leading research scientists. They are looking for

  • a strong commitment to a research career in the natural sciences, mathematics, and engineering;
  • an effective display of intellectual intensity in the sciences, mathematics, and engineering;
  • potential for a significant future contribution to research in their chosen field.
Applicants who already have substantive research experience are stronger than those whose interest in research is still largely aspirational. For the internal application, you will register with the online application and then submit, via email, your internal application materials directly to Reed. Also check out the Goldwater website for more details about the application. Once you have a chance to look through the materials, and have a better sense of what you want to know, please contact CLBR Fellowships or Reed's Goldwater liaison with any questions.

Internal Application Deadline

November 4th, 2020 at 12:00 PM

Application Steps

Complete the following steps by the internal application deadline to apply:

Submit these items to by the internal application deadline:

  • A completed internal Goldwater application (not including the research essay).

  • A copy of your Reed transcript (you can request a free one via these instructions).

  • Copies of transcripts for any college courses taken elsewhere that may not be included on your Reed transcript.

Letters of Recommendation

For the initial review, you will need two informal letters of recommendation.

  • The two recommenders may be from Reed; one of the two should be from someone who has supervised summer research. At least one of the two must be a faculty member in your field of study. Please ask the two recommenders to send their informal letters of recommendation to by the internal application deadline. Ask them to discuss your potential for a career in mathematics, the natural sciences, or engineering.
  • If you are nominated, you will need a third recommender.


You will need to complete this online waiver form as the final step in submitting your internal application.

Waiver Form

Applicants submitting application materials electronically by email will generally receive a confirmation within twenty-four hours. If you do not receive a confirmation during this time, please follow up with the Center for Life Beyond Reed at to ensure that the application was successfully submitted.

Next Steps

The Reed fellowships and awards committee will meet the week after the internal application deadline, and notifications should be made by the end of that week. If you are nominated by Reed, you'll be added to the full application on the Goldwater website.

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