Cornell University

Goldwater Scholarship

Cornell endorsement is required.

Campus Deadline:  January 2, 2020


The Goldwater Scholarship was established to foster and encourage excellence in the natural sciences, engineering, and mathematics in the U.S. Awards are made annually, each scholarship providing a maximum of $7500 per year for tuition, fees, books, and room and board. Sophomore applicants are eligible for two years of support, junior applicants for one year of support. Approximately 450 awards will be given annually through 2023.


Sophomores and juniors who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents with stated intent to obtain U.S. citizenship. Students' ultimate educational goal should be the Ph.D.; the competition is not appropriate for students intending to go to medical school.


Applicants first submit their materials to a campus committee for review in early January (2020). Cornell may nominate four students, plus one transfer student, to the national competition. The campus committee and the Fellowship Coordinator offer the five nominees advice on how to improve their materials for final submission. Nominees submit the final version of their applications in late January.

Selection decisions (both on-campus and at the national level) are based on these criteria:

  • Academic record: A high GPA (above 3.85), evidence of "intellectual intensity" as shown by early participation in graduate courses, and research outside the classroom make a strong record. Presentations on campus or at conferences indicate the potential to make a contribution to the field.
  • Commitment to a career in mathematics, the natural sciences, or engineering: Internships, research, and related employment strengthen a student's application. Students should also have shown involvement in math/science/engineering student or professional organizations.
  • Three letters of recommendation: Evaluations must be from faculty members or research supervisors who can discuss your potential for a career in math/science/engineering. A letter from an employer who has supervised your research is welcome. At least one letter must be from faculty in your field of study. NOTE: Letters of Recommendation should be no more than two pages, have one-inch margins on all sides, be single spaced, use 12 point font and be printed on letterhead.

Read carefully the Goldwater foundation site for further information.



Beth Fiori, Fellowship Coordinator
103 Barnes Hall