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Goldwater Scholarship

Scholarship Summary: $7500 for up to 2 years of undergraduate study in STEM fields. Viewed as an "annointing" that strengthens applications for graduate school and graduate fellowships (like the NSF GRFP).

Recommenders: Goldwater Recommendation Advice (from an experienced fellowship advisor, courtesy of Penn State, which includes samples)


What is the Goldwater Scholarship?

The Goldwater awards up to 300 undergraduate scholarships to outstanding sophomores and juniors who have outstanding potential and intend to pursue careers in mathematics, the natural sciences or engineering. Scholarships cover eligible expenses for tuition, books, room and board, etc. up to $7500 annually. Students must be nominated by their university.

Who can apply for the Goldwater Scholarship?

Goldwater applicants must:

1. Be sophomores or juniors
2. Have a GPA of at least 3.7
3. Intend to pursue research careers in mathematics, the natural sciences, or engineering


Important Dates
Date & Time
Information Sessions
Week of 9/8/14
Week of 9/8/14
Campus Application Workshop
Week of 10/13/14
Week of 10/13/14
Campus Application Deadline
11/18/14, 12:00 noon
Campus Nomination Decision
By 12/5/14
Final Deadline
1/27/15, 12:00 noon

All online sessions can be accessed at:


What are my next steps if I want to learn more and/or am thinking about applying?

1. Click here to read more about the application process for an ND nomination.

2. Attend/view an information session and take note of the Campus Application deadline (see above)

3. Contact CUSE National Fellowships if you still have questions

Once you have decided to apply...

1. Attend/view a Campus Application Workshop (see above)

2. Submit the campus application based on the instructions here