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Goldwater Scholarship

Award 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).

Official Website

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
9/25/14, 4pm
CUSE (110 Brownson)
Pre-Application Deadline
9/30/14, 12:00 noon
Application Feedback Deadline
11/4/14, 12:00 noon
Campus Application Deadline
11/18/2014, 12:00 noon

All online sessions can be accessed at:


What are my next steps if I want to apply?

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

2. Attend/view an information session. (See above.)

3. Submit a Pre-Application and schedule an appointment with CUSE National Fellowships (see above for deadline).

4. If it is after the Pre-Application deadline, contact us to see if we are still accepting applications.