Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship

Information Sessions: NISO Week 9/17-9/21

Campus Deadline: November 15, 2018

Fields of Study: Sciences, engineering, computer sciences, technology, and mathematics

Funding for: Junior and/or senior year of undergraduate study

Begin Application: Sophomore or junior year

Foundation Website:


The Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Program was established by the U.S. Congress in 1986 to honor Senator Barry Goldwater, who served his country for 56 years as a soldier and statesman, including 30 years of service in the U.S. Senate. The aim of the foundation is to provide a continuing source of highly qualified scholars to work as scientists, mathematicians, and engineers. Goldwater Scholarships support students with a passion for research and potential to contribute to their disciplines, and who plan to pursue a graduate degree. Up to 300 U.S. students will be selected each year for scholarships of up to $7,500/year.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Full-time sophomore or junior pursuing a degree at an accredited institution of higher education during the application year
  • Minimum GPA of at least a "B" (3.0) and in the upper 25th percentile of his or her class
  • U.S. citizen, U.S. national, or permanent resident
  • Desire to pursue a research career in mathematics, the natural sciences*, computer science, technology or engineering

*Due to the college structure at Purdue, natural science majors are not all offered through the College of Science. Don't limit your eligibility based on your college or school enrollment, as the criteria above refer to broad areas, not colleges. Goldwater Scholarships are not applicable for students planning to pursue professional degrees such as an MD, DVM, or PharmD, except in extremely rare instances where applicants provide strong evidence of why such a degree is crucial for a research career in their field.

Candidate Profile

  • Oustanding academic performance, especially in the major
  • Commitment to pursuing an advanced degree in science, engineering, computer science, technology, or mathematics
  • Potential to make a significant contribution to one's field through a commitment to research
  • Significant participation in research
  • Extracurricular activities and/or work experience (e.g., internships) consistent with the applicant's intellectual interests and career goals

Application Components

  • Online application
  • Three letters of recommendation from faculty members
  • Two-page research essay
  • Certified transcript (or transcripts)
  • If applicable: copy of Permanent Resident Card (formerly known as the Alien Registration Card) and a letter of intent to become a U.S. citizen

Application Procedure

All applicants MUST be nominated by their college or university. As such, Purdue applicants are reviewed by an internal committee and four nominees are sent forward to the Goldwater Foundation for consideration.

Detailed campus application information is provided directly to applicants once they declare their intention to apply.

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