National Fellowships

Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship Program

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Final Deadline: January 29, 2016 Application Deadline
Final Deadline: February 1, 2016 Supporting Materials Deadline
Final Deadline: January 29, 2016 Nomination Deadline

The Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship Program was created in 1986 to encourage outstanding students to pursue careers in mathematics, the natural sciences, or engineering, and to foster excellence in those fields. Up to 300 Goldwater Scholarships are awarded each year, for up to $7,500.

Nominees for Goldwater Scholarships must include in their nomination materials a statement of interest in mathematics, the natural sciences, or engineering, detailing how their academic program and their overall educational plans will prepare them for their chosen career goal. Most Goldwater Scholars plan to pursue Ph.D.'s in their chosen field. Students who intend to study medicine are eligible only if they plan a research career rather than a career as a medical doctor in a private practice.

A strong candidate will have had the opportunity to participate in research, either at their own institution, in local industry, or in a national research facility. Students who have not participated in formal research can demonstrate intellectual curiosity through independent investigation of a theory or issue related to their fields of interest. Abilities and potential are also shown through meeting significant responsibilities, involvement in science-related organizations, and accomplishments outside the classroom.

Applications opened September 1, 2015

Process for applications:

Applications Deadline January 29, 2016
  Supporting Materials Deadline February 1, 2016
Nomination Deadline January 29, 2016

Application Materials