Cornell University

Goldwater Scholarship

Goldwater Scholarship

Cornell endorsement is required.

Campus Deadline: January 5, 2018


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 300 awards are given annually.


Sophomores and juniors who are U.S. citizens or resident aliens 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. Cornell is permitted to choose nominees to the national competition. The campus committee and the Fellowship Coordinator offer the four nominees advice on how to improve their materials for final submission. Nominees submit the final version of their applicants 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.
Read carefully the Goldwater foundation site for further information.


Beth Fiori, Fellowship Coordinator
103 Barnes Hall