Goldwater Scholarships

United States
Term: Academic Year

Provides awards to highly qualified sophomores and juniors in the sciences, mathematics and engineering who intend to pursue research careers in these fields

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 U.S. citizen, permanent resident, or, in the case of nominees from American Samoa or the Commonwealth of the Mariana Islands, a U.S. national;

  • Be a full-time matriculated sophomore or junior pursuing a degree at an accredited institution of higher education during the year of application;
  • Be a major in a science, mathematics, or engineering fields; and
  • Have at least a 3.0 GPA.

Selection Criteria

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.

University nomination

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 by the internal deadline as well.

Fact Sheet

Columbia College, Columbia Engineering, Columbia General Studies, Junior, Sophomore, U.S. Citizen, U.S. Permanent Resident
Fellowship Type:
United States
North America
Academic Year

Dates & Deadlines

Academic Year
Application Deadline: 
Monday, December 10, 2018
Admissions Decision Date: 
Program Dates: 
Internal deadline