Goldwater Scholarship

Campus Deadline Extended to: Noon, December 15, 2021

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. For the next three years, upward of 450 Goldwater Scholarships will be awarded nationwide; UC Berkeley can nominate four students for the award.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Full-time sophomore or junior (planning one or two more years of full-time undergraduate study)
  • U.S. citizen, resident alien or U.S. national from American Samoa or the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands
  • Have a college grade point average of at least a 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
  • Intend to pursue a research career in natural sciences, mathematics, or engineering

Selection Criteria

Selectors seek students who demonstrate a strong commitment to a career in math, science, or engineering; display intellectual curiosity and intensity; and possess the potential for significant future contributions in their chosen field. 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.

Application Requirements

  • All applicants must first complete the pre-application available here (as of September 7th).
  • Schedule an appointment with Alicia Hayes, the Goldwater Campus Representative
  • Submit a completed on-line application that includes the following:
    - A research essay
    - Three letters of recommendation. Those who have served as mentors for you on a research project are among your most important references. After your research mentors, letters from faculty who know you well from your science, math or engineering classes are also among your strongest letters. At least two of your letters should come from individuals who can discuss your potential for a research career in the natural sciences, mathematics or engineering and one may simply discuss your overall potential.
    - Transcripts from all colleges attended
    - (For non-U.S. Citizens) Copy of the nominee's Permanent Resident card, if nominee's citizenship status is a permanent resident.

    The UC Berkeley selection committee will select the university's nominees based on the above application materials and criteria.

For more information, contact Alicia Hayes.

More information about this opportunity can be found here: Goldwater website.