The Barry Goldwater Scholarship Program, one of the oldest and most prestigious national scholarships in the natural sciences, engineering, and mathematics in the United States, seeks to identify and support college sophomores and juniors who show exceptional promise of becoming this Nation’s next generation of research leaders in these fields. 

Each scholarship covers eligible expenses for undergraduate tuition, fees, books, and room and board, up to a maximum of $7,500 annually.  

Institutional Nomination

This scholarship does not accept direct applications; students must be nominated by Temple University.  Please see below for application instructions for nomination.

Campus Deadline

November 15 annually 

Eligibility and Selection Criteria

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

  • Be a full-time matriculated sophomore or junior pursuing a degree at an accredited 2- or 4-year institution of higher education during the 2020-2021 academic year, 

  • Intend to pursue a research career in a natural science, mathematics or engineering, 

  • Have a college grade point average of at least a 3.00 on a 4.00 scale (Note: competitive candidates typically have over a 3.8 GPA),

  • Be a U.S. citizen from the 50 states or the District of Columbia; a U.S. national for those students nominated by institutions in Puerto Rico, Guam, Virgin Islands, American Samoa, and Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands; or a permanent resident. A permanent resident must submit a photocopy of their Permanent Resident Card, also known as the Green Card.

  • While research in medicine is not supported by the Goldwater, future M.D./Ph.D. students interested in pursuing careers in medicine are eligible if they clearly intend to conduct research as an integral part of that career. 

The characteristics the Foundation seeks in a Goldwater Scholar include: 

  • Strong commitment to a research career in the natural sciences, mathematics and engineering, 
  • Effective display of intellectual intensity in the sciences, mathematics and engineering, and 
  • Potential for a significant future contribution to research in their chosen field. 

Campus Application Instructions and Checklist

The Goldwater scholarship requires institutional nomination. Applications made directly to the awarding body will not be considered. Students interested in applying to be among Temple University’s institutional nominees must first submit the Goldwater Pre-Application form on the Goldwater website. Once reviewed, you will be given access to the Goldwater online application.  

Submit the following application components by November 15. If the instructions ask you to submit to Fellowships Advising, you should send the documents as a PDF to feladv@temple.edu or barbara.gorka@temple.edu

Campus Contact

Barbara Gorka

Director, Scholar Development and Fellowships Advising

Email: barbara.gorka@temple.edu
Phone: 215-204-0708