What is the Goldwater Scholarship?

Internal Deadline:

DATE, 2025 at 12:00 PM 

Contact the Office of Fellowships for support at least one month before this deadline.

Established by the Treasury of the United States, the Barry Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Foundation supports the Barry Goldwater Scholarship. Funding for awards and administrative expenses derives from interest on the Trust Fund, invested in U.S. securities. 

By providing scholarships to college sophomores and juniors who intend to pursue research careers in the natural sciences, mathematics and engineering, the Goldwater Foundation is helping ensure that the U.S. is producing the number of highly-qualified professionals the Nation needs in these critical fields.

Strong candidates typically will:

  • have had the opportunity to participate in research, have independently investigated theory, or an issue related to their field of interest
  • have been awarded internships in research facilities or worked as lab assistants
  • have been involved in mathematics/science/engineering related student organizations or employment; have participated early in graduate courses; or have other related accomplishments outside the classroom
  • be planning to pursue doctoral degrees; those interested in medicine are only eligible if planning to do research; students planning a career in teaching science/math are not strong candidates.

Award Details

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How do I apply and what do I need?

Please visit the Goldwater application page for more information on how to apply for this fellowship, including information on application components, documents you’ll need to upload and documents that you’ll need to request from your recommenders.

Information for Recommenders

The mission of the Goldwater Foundation is to identify and support the Nation’s next generation of scientific, mathematics, and engineering research leaders. Letters of Recommendation play a critical role in helping the Goldwater Foundation identify this country’s most promising talent.

Mentors should spend most of their time discussing the student’s involvement in and, most importantly,
contributions to the research. Research mentors should keep remarks about their research program
brief but provide enough detail for the reader to develop a general understanding of the work.

See IMPORTANT ADVICE for ALL RECOMMENDERS from the GOLDWATER FOUNDATION, which provides some do's and dont's when it comes to recommendation letters, especially those coming from research mentors, non-mentors, and other course instructors. 

Format and submission: Goldwater letters are REQUIRED (by the Foundation) to be no more than TWO pages, have one-inch margins on all sides, be single spaced, use 12 pt font (typeface is unspecified), and be printed on letterhead, and signed

Do not include hyperlinks. Materials that are hyperlinked to letters will not be read.

Please save your signed letter as a PDF file and send it via email attachment to Christine Overstreet (coverstreet@amherst.edu) by DATE LISTED HERE. Our office will upload your letter to the Goldwater portal.

Have questions? Please contact us.

Christine Overstreet, Director of Fellowships
212 Converse Hall


Physical address: 100 Boltwood Avenue, Amherst, MA 01002

Mailing Address: AC #2214, PO Box 5000, Amherst, MA 01002