Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship

Fellowship Information

NC State Endorsement Required:


This program strives to encourage promising students who plan research careers related to engineering, mathematics, or the natural sciences.

Who Should Apply:

Students majoring in engineering, mathematics, or the natural sciences and who plan to pursue an advanced degree. Undergraduate research experience is essential. Applicant should demonstrate promise and commitment as future mathematician, scientist, or engineer. Must be a sophomore or a junior. The minimum GPA is 3.0 out of 4.0; many recipients and Honorable Mentions have a 3.7+ GPA.

Fellowship Benefits:

Each scholarship covers eligible expenses for undergraduate tuition, fees, books, and room and board, up to a maximum of $7,500 annually. Scholarship monies not used during one academic year are not transferable to the succeeding academic year. Junior-level scholarship recipients are eligible for a maximum of two years of scholarship support, and senior-level scholarship recipients are eligible for a maximum of one year of scholarship support. Scholars may opt to study abroad, but their Goldwater funding will be based on their U.S. institution’s budget. Scholars must consult with the Foundation prior to signing up for an overseas program, as there may be some costs associated with being overseas that are prohibited from being covered by this scholarship.

Program Duration:

Award is applicable to the final 1-2 years of undergraduate study.

Program Website:
Number & Amount Available:

Varies between 210-260 awards annually. Up to $7500 a year towards eligible college expenses.

Citizenship Requirements:
U.S. citizen, U.S. national, or U.S. permanent resident.

STEM Fields Only:


Applicant Information

Required GPA:
3.0 and above
Academic Level:

Documents, Deadlines, and Submission Instructions

NC State Campus Deadline:

November 27, 2018 at 5PM ET

Applicants: If you are considering applying for this award, you should email FAO staff and share your interest. You should also meet with FAO staff at least once early in the campus, or endorsement, application process. A strong endorsement application typically requires multiple drafts over a period of several weeks or months, and it should be treated as your final application. We therefore recommend that you meet with us as early as possible so that we can get to know you and give you feedback on your campus application.

In order to be considered for this award’s endorsement, you must submit endorsement application materials by the posted campus application deadline with our online submission form (contact us for the link). Please be sure to look at the online submission form before you are ready to submit to make sure everything is formatted correctly. Letters of recommendation are also due by that deadline, but should be submitted by the recommendation writer as noted below.

Email FAO staff to obtain the endorsement application instructions for the campus deadline.

Letters of Recommendation: It is a good idea to share with your recommenders a draft of your application. Please be sure to read, and then share with each recommender, the guidance from FAO that provides instructions for what to include in the letter. This letter is posted below.

You should not have access to your letters of recommendation. Your recommenders will need to submit their letters of recommendation with a different online submission form (contact us for the link to send them). If they need to submit with a different method or have any difficulty, they should contact FAO staff.

Download letter of recommendation guidance here as a PDF file. Additional guidance from the Goldwater Foundation can be found by clicking here.

National Deadline for Campus Representatives:
January 2019

Additional Information