OURS National Scholarships

Goldwater Scholarship

Next campus deadline: December 2024

Campus Application Instructions (coming fall 2024)
Letter of Recommendation Submission Form (coming fall 2024)

UCB recipients!

The Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship provides $7,500 per year for educational expenses to sophomores and juniors majoring in math, science, and engineering. The purpose of the award is to encourage outstanding students to pursue careers and advanced degrees in these fields.

Prospective applicants must first complete the pre-application (available in early September 2024) and schedule an appointment with Alicia Hayes, the Goldwater Scholarship campus representative.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicants must:

  • be a full-time sophomore or junior (planning one or two more years of full-time undergraduate study)
  • be a U.S. citizen, U.S. national, or permanent resident
  • have a college GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
  • be intending to pursue a research career in natural sciences, mathematics, or engineering*

* It is expected that Goldwater scholars will pursue advanced degrees. Students who plan to study medicine are eligible only if they plan a research career rather than a career as a medical doctor in private practice. Typical fields of study include but are not limited to, applied science, astronomy, biochemistry, biology, chemistry, computer science, entomology, environmental science, genetics, geology, mathematics, microbiology, neurobiology, physics, zoology, and all fields of engineering.

Selection Criteria

Applicants will be evaluated based on the following criteria:

  • strong commitment to a career in math, science, or engineering
  • intellectual curiosity and intensity
  • potential for significant future contributions in their chosen field

Application Requirements

  • Completed online application
  • Research essay
  • Three letters of recommendation (two letters from individuals who can discuss your potential for a research career in STEM – research mentors, STEM faculty – and one may simply discuss your overall potential)
  • Transcripts from all colleges attended
  • Copy of the nominee’s Permanent Resident card, if applicable


For more information about this opportunity, visit the Goldwater Scholarship website (opens external site).