Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship


The Goldwater Scholarship is one of the most desirable undergraduate awards. Scholars continue after the bachelor's to win such prestigious fellowships as NSF, NDSEG, and the Hertz. Please note that Northwestern may only forward four candidates. Previous candidates, chosen or not, have profited enormously from the application process in their ability to articulate professional goals, think creatively about their current and future research plans, and form a partnership with key professors in their departments.


Sophomores and juniors in mathematics, the natural sciences, or engineering.


Northwestern holds internal competition, with interviews, to select nominees. Access the application at and click on "Apply Now." Application should include all essays, recommendations, and an unofficial transcript.

The application should be submitted as a Word document or PDF. DO NOT press SUBMIT and DO NOT fill in the recommendation writers' information. Include the recommendation writers' information in a separate document with your application.

How to Apply
for the Goldwater Scholarship 

1. Visit the website at to register and access the application.

2. Complete the application, including the two-page research statement.

If you have any difficulty using the online application form, feel free to complete the application as a Word doc.

3. Ask three professors to write a letter of recommendation for you.

Note: DO NOT enter your professors’ email addresses into the Goldwater application.  At this stage of the competition, instruct your professors to email their letters to the following address: 

4. Your application should be submitted to the Office of Fellowships.  Email it to the following address:

Please include the names of the professors from whom you requested recommendations and the name of a fourth person who might write a recommendation if called upon.

Completed applications are due on Thursday, November 19, at 12 PM.

If you have any questions about the process of applying for the Goldwater Scholarship, please email Jason Roberts at

Feeling stuck?  Need inspiration?  Want to see previous applications? 

The Office of Fellowships has a library of past winning essays for you to read! 

Visit the office any time during regular business hours, Monday through Friday from 9 AM to 5 PM, to read winning Goldwater Scholarship applications.

Award Amount

Undergraduate tuition and expenses up to $7,500 annually.