Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship

Goldwater Scholarship

Goldwater UT Campus Application Deadline: November 28, 2016
National Application Deadline: January 27, 2017

Campus Application Process:  For the campus application, please complete all of the materials for the national deadline.  You can draft, upload, and save all of your work in the Goldwater online application.  Additionally, please submit a signed copy of your research essay and unofficial transcripts/academic history to Andrew Seidler by 5.00 pm EST on the campus deadline.

Letters of Recommendation: Letters of recommendation should be submitted along with your campus application.  Please contact your letter writers as soon as possible and ask them to submit by the campus deadline.  Remember to register their information with the Goldwater online application; this will initiate an automated email with instructions.

Following the campus deadline, all UT Goldwater Scholarship candidates will go through a campus review and selection process.  UT is required to nominate a select number of Goldwater candidates to put forward to the national review committee.  There may be a faculty interview process; details will follow submission of your Goldwater campus application.

All questions regarding the campus process should be directed to Andrew Seidler .


The Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship was founded in 1986 by the US Congress to honor Senator Barry M. Goldwater and serves to encourage excellence in math and science. Funded by the U.S. Government, Goldwater Scholarships are awarded to outstanding college juniors and seniors who are pursuing advanced study in mathematics, the natural sciences, or engineering.

The Goldwater Scholarship awards up to $7,500 annually to cover tuition, fees, books, room, and board. The selection process is highly competitive—successful applicants have typically pursued undergraduate research and have demonstrated academic excellence and a commitment to advanced study and a career in mathematics, the natural sciences, or engineering.

Each university is allowed to nominate up to four campus candidates. From these, approximately 300 Goldwater Scholarships are awarded per year.

The Goldwater Scholarship application requires:

  • A series of extended short-answer questions
  • A detailed research proposal
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Official transcripts and a complete online application
  • A campus nomination

Eligibility Criteria

To be eligible for the Goldwater, candidates must meet the minimum requirements:

  • Have US citizenship, a permanent US legal residence, or a US national
  • Be a full-time student in your sophomore or junior year at an accredited university
  • Have a “B” average in college
  • Be in the top fourth of your class

To be competitive for the Goldwater, students must demonstrate:

  • Evidence of previous research experience
  • Exceptional letters of recommendation
  • A commitment to pursuing advanced study and a career in mathematics, the natural sciences, or engineering

Other Resources



The Office of National Scholarships and Fellowships (ONSF) supports UT undergraduates and alumni who are undertaking nationally competitive application processes.  It provides support only and cannot, under any circumstances, accept responsibility for missed deadlines, incomplete applications, missing letters of recommendation or other supplementary materials, or selection outcomes at the campus or national level.   The responsibility of completing and submitting an application rests solely on the student or alumni engaging in a national application process.  The ONSF does not guarantee or promise any outcome and all guidance provided is offered as advice.