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Goldwater Scholarship

Apply through Reed Fellowships and Awards Committee

Internal Deadline: November 3rd, 2021 at 12:00 PM
Liaison: Erik Zornik

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The Barry 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 the natural sciences, engineering, and mathematics. 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 one or two years as an undergraduate. The program awarded 409 students for the 2021-22 academic year out of 1,256 nominees.


Students are eligible to apply 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 3.00. 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 Goldwater Scholarship Program, one of the oldest and most prestigious national scholarships in the natural sciences, engineering, and mathematics in the United States, seeks to identify and support college sophomores and juniors who show exceptional promise of becoming this Nation’s next generation of research leaders in these fields.

The characteristics the Foundation seeks in a Goldwater Scholar include:

  • strong commitment to a research career in the natural sciences, mathematics and engineering
  • effective display of intellectual intensity in the sciences, mathematics and engineering
  • potential for a significant future contribution to research in their chosen field

To be a strong applicant, the Goldwater Foundation recommends that you get involved in research as early in your undergraduate experience as possible (or even in high school).

Application Procedure

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

Hear from Reedie Awardees

Check out this interview between CLBR advisor Shania Siron and Goldwater awardees Simon Couch '21 and Patrick Park '22: