Goldwater Scholarships provides up to 450 scholarships each year to highly qualified rising juniors and seniors in the sciences, mathematics and engineering who intend to pursue careers in these fields.
A program of the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Foundation, each scholarship covers eligible expenses for undergraduate tuition, fees, books, and room and board, up to a maximum of $7,500 annually. 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.
A candidate for nomination as a Goldwater Scholar must:
Be a full-time1 matriculated sophomore or junior pursuing a degree at an accredited 2- or 4-year institution of higher education during the 2020-2021 academic year (1);
Intend to pursue a research career in a natural science, mathematics or engineering (2);
Have a college grade point average of at least a 3.00 on a 4.00 scale (3); and
Be a U.S. citizen from the 50 states or the District of Columbia; a U.S. national for those students nominated by institutions in Puerto Rico, Guam, Virgin Islands, American Samoa, and Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands; or a permanent resident. A permanent resident must submit a photocopy of their Permanent Resident Card, also known as the Green Card.
(1) Because of COVID-19, some students may not be enrolled full-time during the 2020-2021 academic year. Schools may nominate these students as part of the 2021 Goldwater competition. For the purposes of the 2021 review, the assumption will be made that all students will be enrolled full-time during the 2021-2022 academic year.
(2) The natural sciences, engineering, and mathematics fields and sub-fields used by the Goldwater Foundation to determine eligibility are those used by the National Science Foundation for its Graduate Research Fellowship Program. These include: Chemistry, Computer and Information Sciences and Engineering, Engineering, Geosciences, Life Sciences, Materials Research, Mathematical Sciences, Physics and Astronomy, and Psychology. To view a field’s sub-fields, click on the field in the table below.
While research in medicine is not supported by the National Science Foundation, students interested in pursuing careers in medicine or veterinary medicine are eligible for a Goldwater Scholarship IF RESEARCH IS A CENTRAL PART OF THE STUDENT’S CAREER GOALS.
(3) In the 2020 Goldwater competition, GPAs ranged from 3.3 to 4.0 on a 4.0 scale.
The Goldwater Foundation expects that most scholars will pursue advanced degrees. Students who plan to study medicine are eligible for a Goldwater Scholarship only if they plan a research career rather than a career as a medical doctor in a private practice.
The Goldwater seeks candidates who show commitment and potential to make a significant contribution to their field. Applicants must demonstrate how their academic program and educational plans will prepare them for their career goals.
Columbia University may nominate a total of five eligible undergraduates for consideration each year. Students in Columbia College, Columbia Engineering and the School of General Studies who will be current sophomores or juniors at the time of application are eligible. The internal campus competition places students into consideration for nomination. Students may not apply directly for this fellowship without having first been nominated.
Columbia students apply for nomination by clicking "Start Your Application" and completing all application materials before the internal deadline. Letters of recommendation should be submitted directly to email@example.com by the internal deadline as well.