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Goldwater Scholarship

Overview and Introduction

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.

Goldwater Scholars usually go on to top PhD programs that 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.


  • Academics: Most successful applicants have at least a 3.8 GPA and at least one year of sustained involvement in one or more research projects. 
  • Citizenship: U.S. Citizenship
  • Degree-Level: Sophomore or junior standing with full-time enrollment. 

Application Deadlines

  • Campus Deadline: Second Friday in January by 12:00pm.
  • Endorsement:  The Goldwater Scholarship does not accept direct applications. 
    Students must be nominated by the U-M STEM Scholarship Committee. See STEM RCA page for application details. 


Prospective Applicants 

Prospective applicants are encouraged to join the U-M Nominated Scholarships Canvas site for an overview of the application, program requirements, additional advising information, and more. 

Application Summary

Applicants should refer to the ONSF Canvas site for detailed instructions.