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Goldwater Scholarship

The Goldwater Scholarship is a highly prestigious national award that recognizes the nation’s top undergraduates in science, math, and engineering fields. Goldwater Scholars receive funding for their final year or two of undergraduate study, and are well-positioned for graduate school applications and awards.

A student must be nominated by their home institution to apply for the Goldwater Scholarship. At Drexel, we hold an open campus competition for those four nomination spots; the required pre-application deadline is usually in October.

Who can apply? Who should apply?

The Goldwater Scholarship was created to encourage outstanding students to pursue research careers and foster excellence in STEM fields. The Goldwater program is looking for students with the talent, passion, and preparation to become leading researchers in STEM fields.

To be eligible, you must:

  • be a US citizen or permanent resident
  • be enrolled full-time in an eligible STEM field or major
  • have minimum 3.0 GPA
  • have between 1-2 academic years of full-time undergraduate study remaining
  • be nominated by your home institution (details below)

Goldwater Scholars typically have:

  • GPA above 3.8
  • Strong research experience
  • A record of publishing and/or presenting their research at conferences
  • Plans to pursue advanced degrees, usually the PhD(*)
  • Vision and commitment to pursuing research career in your field

* Note that students who plan to study medicine are eligible for a Goldwater Scholarship only if they plan a research career rather than a career as a practicing physician.

 See Drexel students who have received the Goldwater.


How to Apply

To apply for the Goldwater Scholarship, you must be nominated by Drexel University. We hold an open campus competition for nomination beginning in October.

Applying for nomination involves a few steps:

Step 1: Get Ready

Attend an info session and/or sign up for the Fellowships Blackboard Site to learn more about the Goldwater Scholarship.

Can't make it to an info session? Come to our Drop-in Advising Hours.

Step 2: Apply for Nomination

You MUST submit a campus application to be considered for university nomination. Complete Step 1 and submit a Goldwater Profile and Pre-App to receive an application. Students are encouraged to contact us in advance of the deadline to discuss the program and receive feedback.

Drexel's Goldwater Nominating Committee, composed of STEM faculty and a Fellowships Office rep, will review applications and select up to four nominees.

Required Internal Application Deadline: November 3, 2017 by 12pm (noon)
Goldwater Nominees will be announced shortly thereafter and provided with feedback for revising the application materials. Sample application materials are available on the Fellowships Blackboard Site.

Step 3: Nominee Application Review

Campus review deadline (for nominees): January 5, 2018 by 12pm (noon)
Nominated students will submit a full application, including letters of recommendation by this date.   Nominees will meet with the nominating committee in early January to discuss their applications and receive feedback.

Step 5. National Application Deadline

Goldwater's national deadline is typically in late January.

More information and contacts

More information about the Goldwater Scholarship, including application tips and samples, is available on the Fellowships Blackboard/Learn Community site (sign-up here).

For official information on the Barry Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Program, visit

For any other questions or to discuss whether you might be a good candidate for this award, email Dr. Meredith Wooten, Director of the Drexel Fellowships Office.

Related Awards:
NOAA Hollings Undergraduate Scholarship; DOD Science, Mathematics, and Research for Transformation (SMART) Scholarship

Last updated: September 2017

Fields of Study:

  • Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics


  • United States

Program Type:

  • Research
  • Study


  • US Citizen
  • US National or Permanent Resident

Program Length:

  • 1-2 years


  • November 1 

    campus deadline
    Contact DFO for more information

Degree Level:

  • Undergrad

GPA Cut Off:

  • 3.5


  • Expenses for tuition, fees, books, and room and board; up to a maximum of $7,500 annually

Fellowship Videos

2013 Goldwater Scholarship Tutorial