Goldwater Scholarship

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The Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship is given to college sophomores and juniors who intend to pursue research careers in the natural sciences, mathematics and engineering. Approximately 400-450 students nationwide receive a Goldwater Scholarship each year.

Award: Scholarships of up to $7,500 a year are provided to help cover costs associated with tuition, mandatory fees, books, room and board. Sophomores receive support in both their junior and senior years. Juniors will receive support in their senior year.

Criteria: The characteristics the Foundation seeks in a Goldwater Scholar include (1) strong commitment to a research career in the natural sciences, mathematics and engineering; (2) effective display of intellectual intensity in the sciences, mathematics and engineering; and (3) potential for a significant future contribution to research in his/her chosen field.



To be eligible for nomination for a Goldwater Scholarship, a student must:

How to apply for UNC endorsement

  • Fill out the Goldwater pre-application on the Goldwater website 
    • After we have received your pre-application, you will then need to meet with an ODS team member. Make an appointment here. After your meeting with ODS, we will approve your pre-application. You will then be sent an automated email from Goldwater to begin the online application 
  • Apply for UNC Endorsement with the Application for UNC Endorsement Form 
    • Prepare and upload a single PDF that includes (in this order) 
      • Your CV 
      • The completed Goldwater Application downloaded from the online portal 
      • Research Essay
      • All relevant unofficial transcripts 

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