Goldwater Scholarship

Goldwater Scholarship

Funding for 1-2 years of undergraduate tuition, fees, books, and room and board, up to a maximum of $7,500 annually for study in science, mathematics, and/or engineering intending to pursue PhD level research

The Goldwater Scholarship provides funding to college sophomore and juniors who intend to pursue research careers in the natural sciences, mathematics and engineering. It is the oldest and most prestigious national scholarship in STEM fields in the U.S. The scholarship seeks to identify college students who show exceptional promise of becoming the next generation of research leaders in STEM fields. It provides $7,500 per year for up to 2 years (if applying as a sophomore), which can used for tuition, fees, books, and/or room and board.


  • Be a U.S. citizen, U.S. national, or a permanent resident
  • Be a full-time matriculated sophomore or junior pursuing a degree at an accredited 2- or 4-year institution
  • Intend to pursue a research career in a natural science, mathematics, or engineering:
    • Chemistry
    • Computer and Information Sciences and Engineering
    • Engineering
    • Geosciences
    • Life Sciences
    • Materials Research
    • Mathematical Sciences
    • Physics and Astronomy
    • Psychology
  • Have a GPA of at least 3.0


  • ~300 per year

Selection Criteria:

  • Academic excellence
  • Record of research experience in their field of future graduate study
  • Potential for and commitment to a career in mathematics, natural sciences, or engineering
  • Strong letters of recommendation

Application Material:

  • Goldwater Application
  • 3 letters of recommendation
    • 1 from a faculty member who can discuss the applicant’s potential for a career in STEM
    • 1 from a faculty member in the applicant’s field of study
    • 1 from a faculty member who can discuss the applicant’s potential
  • Essay
  • University Nomination/Endorsement


University Endorsement Process:

  • University endorsement is a competitive process and not guaranteed. Students seeking University of Utah endorsement must submit certain application components by the University’s deadline. The University of Utah may endorse up to 4 students per year for the Goldwater Scholarship. A fifth candidate can be nominated if the candidate is a transfer student.



University deadline: November 23, 2020

External deadline: January 29, 2021 by 4 pm MST



September 8, 2020: Applications open

November 23, 2020: University deadline

December 2020: Notification of nomination by University

January 29, 2021: National application deadline

March 26, 2021 by 10 am MST: Notification of selection

Length of Scholarship: 1-2 years

Scholarship Website:

Contact Information:

Director: Ginger Smoak:

Advisor: Alison Shimko: