Accredited 2- and 4-year U.S. academic institutions that have identified a Goldwater Campus Representative with the Foundation may nominate up to four students annually. A four-year school may nominate a 5th student if one or more of the nominated students is a transfer student. No direct student applications or nominations by campuses without a Goldwater Campus Representative will be considered.
To be eligible for nomination for a Goldwater Scholarship, a student must:
1. 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,
2. Intend to pursue a research career in a natural science, mathematics or engineering,2
3. Have a college grade point average of at least a 3.00 on a 4.00 scale 3, and
4. 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.
1Because 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.
2The 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.
3In the 2020 Goldwater competition, GPAs ranged from 3.3 to 4.0 on a 4.0 scale.
Fields of Study
- Computer & Information Sciences & Engineering
- Life Sciences
- Materials Research
- Mathematical Sciences
- Physics & Astronomy