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CU Application Process

Important Dates

January 2, 2020 Deadline: Application due to the Fellowship Coordinator. See below for details.
January 2020               An official campus endorsement committee reviews applications and selects up to five applicants (if one is a transfer student) to be endorsed to the Foundation. Applicants are notified of endorsement decisions by the Fellowship Coordinator.
January 27, 2020 Deadline: FINAL SUBMISSION of applications for approval to Fellowship Coordinator.
January 31, 2020 Electronic and mail receipt deadline of endorsed applicants' materials to the Foundation.
Late March Selection of Goldwater Scholars.
April 2020 Cornell Fellowships Reception for all endorsed applicants.

Application Process

Students’ applications must be processed and endorsed through the CCS fellowships office to be eligible for the competition at the regional and/or national level. Endorsement decisions are final and not subject to appeal.

The Foundation's application materials will be available by September 2019 on the Goldwater Foundation website. Students must make an appointment with the Fellowship program office to register their intent to apply and to discuss their candidacy. Call 607-255-6931 to schedule an appointment.

APPLICATION MATERIALS DUE to Fellowship Coordinator January 2, 2020

The Fellowship Coordinator will forward your application materials to the Cornell Endorsement Committee. Make sure that you read the fine print on the application forms and that you have filled in all the blanks as you would for the final submission. All materials must arrive to 103 Barnes Hall by 4:30 pm, January 2, 2020.

Submit to the Fellowship Coordinator, 103 Barnes Hall:

  • Waivers and memoranda of understanding (available from Cornell Fellowships Office)
  • Nominee Application--PDF version (available online Goldwater Foundation)
  • Nominee Essay (separate from the application; send as a PDF doc)
    Research Essays should be single spaced and use 12 point Arial font. Margins should be 1 inch on all sides. Page length, including bibliographic information and references, must not exceed 3 pages. The essay must include your name and the name of your academic institution in the header at the top of each page. The Research Essay may be formatted in either one or two columns on a page. As appropriate, utilize graphs, tables, and figures in the essay to explain or clarify results. Figure and caption options may use 10 point Arial font.  Do not staple the pages.
  • College transcript(s) from each institution attended
    —Transcript from current institution, including fall semester grades if available;
    —Transcript from other institutions that nominee attended with grades for courses taken.
  • Three Letters of Recommendation
    Students list three recommenders and their email address in their application.  The letters should be from faculty who know you well, both academically and personally. Two of the three evaluations must be from the faculty members who can discuss your potential for a career in math/science/engineering. If you have done research, one of your letters must be from the individual who supervised your work. Recommenders are asked to evaluate your initiative, maturity, and potential for a career in math, science, or engineering.   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.


Up to five applicants (if one endorsed applicant is a transfer student), may be endorsed by the campus committee. The campus committee may offer nominees advice on how to improve their materials for final submission. Nominees must submit the final version of their materials for approval to the Fellowships Coordinator by January 27, 2020, before submitting the application electronically.

A complete application consists of:

  • Nominee Application
  • Essay
  • College Transcript(s) from each institution attended
  • Three Letters of Recommendation