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Goldwater (Barry M. Goldwater) Scholarship

Apply through Reed Fellowships and Awards Committee

Internal Deadline: November 4th, 2020 at 12:00 PM
Liaison: Erik Zornik

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The Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship Program was created to provide a continuing source of highly qualified scientists, mathematicians, and engineers by awarding scholarships to college students who intend to pursue research careers in these fields. Each scholarship covers eligible expenses for tuition, fees, books, and room and board, up to a maximum of $7,500 annually—to be used during your following year as an undergraduate.


Students are eligible in both their sophomore and junior years. They must have outstanding potential and intend to pursue careers in math, the natural sciences, or engineering. Eligible students must have a GPA of at least 3.0. They must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents, or, in some cases, U.S. nationals. Students who plan to study medicine are eligible ONLY if they plan a research career rather than a career as a medical doctor in a private practice. While the most competitive applicants will be those with existing research experience, prior research is not a requirement of the program.

Selection Criteria

The Fellowships and Awards Committee may nominate up to four students (up to five if at least one nominee is a transfer student). Following submission of the applications, an independent review committee appointed by the Goldwater Scholarship Program will evaluate all nominations and recommend the most outstanding nominees from each state for consideration by the Foundation Board of Trustees.

Nominees are evaluated on demonstrated potential for and commitment to a research career in mathematics, the natural sciences, or engineering and outstanding academic performance.

From among the candidates recommended by the independent review committee, the Board of Trustees will name up to 450 Barry M. Goldwater Scholars in 2021. The number of scholarships to be awarded per state will depend on the number and qualifications of the nominees from the 53 jurisdictions.

Application Procedure

Interested students should review our internal application instructions. Contact CLBR Fellowships with any questions.