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Goldwater Scholarship

Internal pre-application deadline: 4:00 PM (ET), November 07, 2024

Internal full application deadline: 4:00 PM (ET), December 05, 2024

Open to: Sophomores and juniors
Award type: Academic
Area(s) of study: STEM fields
Award criteria: academic achievement, research
Award provides: A portion of educational costs, including tuition, room and board, books, and other required fees up to $7,500 per academic year; recipients receive annual funding for each remaining year as an undergraduate.
Open to international students: No
Institutional Support or Endorsement Required: Yes. Applicants must apply through the National Scholarships and Fellowships Office.

  • Have a GPA of at least a 3.0 (In the 2021 Goldwater competition, GPAs ranged from 3.37 to 4.0; at Emory, most nominees have a GPA of 3.6+)
  • Intend to pursue a research career in mathematics, the natural sciences, or engineering
    • The Goldwater Foundation has supported students who intend to go into medicine when there is clear evidence that they intend to conduct medical research. This is made clearer if you indicate that you intend to pursue an MD/PhD, DO/PhD, or DVM/PhD, as a PhD is a research degree. You will be expected, as part of the application, to explain why obtaining the medical or veterinary degree as part of an MD/PhD or DVM/PhD will be an asset to you.

The Barry Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Program is designed to provide a continuing source of highly qualified scientists, mathematicians, and engineers by awarding scholarships to college students who intend to pursue research careers in these fields. Successful applicants must have substantial coursework, research, experience, and/or internships related to a clearly defined career path in a STEM field, as well as substantive laboratory experience that shows a progression of skills and duties over time. For more information, visit

  • Application form
  • Research Essay
  • 3 letters of recommendation
  • Transcripts







  • Ethan Alwaise (‘17C), Mathematics



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