*The 2017 Goldwater Scholarship Application will open in fall 2016.*
The Goldwater Scholarship is a highly prestigious national award that recognizes the nation’s top undergraduates in Science, Technology, Engineering, or Math 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
- be enrolled full-time with a STEM 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 or request an appointment with a fellowships advisor.
Step 2: Submit a Pre-Application
Drexel’s Goldwater Nominating Committee, composed of STEM faculty and a DFO rep, will invite a select subset of highly-qualified students to apply for institutional nomination. You must submit a pre-application (Step 2) to be considered by the committee.
Required Pre-application Deadline: October 20 at noon.
You must complete Step 1 to receive an internal application. Students are encouraged to contact us in advance of the deadline to discuss the program and receive feedback.
Step 3. Apply for Nomination
Students selected by the Drexel Goldwater Nominating Committee will be notified in late October. Invited students must submit an application for Drexel nomination by Monday, November 28th at noon.
Required Internal Application Deadline:November 28 at 12 PM (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 4: Nominee Application Review
Campus review deadline (for nominees): January 5 at 12 PM (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 https://goldwater.scholarsapply.org/
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.
Last updated: June 2016
Fields of Study:
- Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics
- US Citizen
- US National or Permanent Resident
- Expenses for tuition, fees, books, and room and board; up to a maximum of $7,500 annually
2013 Goldwater Scholarship Tutorial