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Goldwater Scholarship

The Barry Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence Program was established by Congress in 1986 to honor the former Arizona Senator. The purpose of the Foundation is to provide support for highly qualified STEM students who plan to pursue a PhD and research career in these fields.  The scholarship provides $7500 in support for the junior and/or senior year of undergraduate study. (Students apply in sophomore or junior year.)  Goldwater Scholars usually go on to top PhD programs are highly competitive for graduate funding such as NSF Graduate Research Fellowships.  The scholarship is for students planning research careers.  Students planning to pursue an MD only and conduct clinical research are not eligible, but those planning to pursue an MD-PhD and  career in biomedical science research are eligible.

Institutional Endorsement: The Goldwater Scholarship does not accept direct applications; students must be nominated by the U-M Goldwater Committee.  Please see this page for application instructions for endorsement.

U-M Application Deadline: First Monday of December by 12:00 Noon.

U-M Contact: Henry Dyson, Office of National Scholarships and Fellowships (ONSF)


  • U.S. Citizen or permanent resident at time of application. Permanent residents must include a letter stating intent to obtain U.S. citizenship. (Non-US citizens should consider applying for the U-M STEM Research Career Award instead.)
  • Sophomore or junior standing with full-time enrollment. “Sophomore” is defined as a student who has two more years (4 semesters) of full-time undergraduate study remaining beginning in the September after application.  “Junior” is defined as a student who has one more year (2 semesters) of full-time undergraduate study remaining beginning in the September after application.
  • Most successful applicants have at least a 3.8 GPA, strong grades in STEM classes related to their intended field of graduate study, and at least one year of sustained involvement in one or more research projects.

Application Instructions:

1) Contact Henry Dyson to register intent to pursue U-M nomination for the Goldwater Scholarship.

2) All students who apply for U-M nomination to the U-M STEM Reseach Career Award will also be considered for nomination for the Goldwater Scholarship.  Students interested in the Goldwater Scholarship should follow the directions for the U-M STEM Research Career Award.  No additional application is required for U-M nomination.  

3) Selected nominees will work directly with Henry Dyson to complete the national Goldwater application.