Accredited 2- and 4-year academic institutions that have identified a Goldwater Campus Representative with the Foundation may nominate up to four students annually. 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-time matriculated sophomore or junior pursuing a degree at an accredited 2- or 4-year institution of higher education during the 2017-2018 academic year,
2. Intend to pursue a research career in a natural science, mathematics or engineering,
3. Have a college grade point average of at least a 3.00 on a 4.00 scale.
4. Be a U.S. citizen from the 50 states or the District of Columbia; a U.S. national for those students nominated from Puerto Rico, Guam, Virgin Islands, American Samoa, and Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands; or a permanent resident. A permanent resident nominated for the scholarship must include a letter stating his/her intent to become a U.S. citizen. A photocopy of the nominee's Permanent Resident Card, also known as the Alien Registration Card or Green Card, must also be submitted.
The 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 are eligible for a Goldwater Scholarship IF MEDICAL RESEARCH IS A CENTRAL PART OF THE STUDENT'S CAREER GOALS.