STEP 1: Review the Goldwater Eligibility Requirements

Do you meet the college sophomore or junior definition? Do you have a GPA > 3.0 on a 4.0 scale? Do you intend to pursue a research career in the natural sciences, engineering, or mathematics? Are you a citizen or permanent resident? If you answered “yes” to these questions, then you are eligible for nomination for a Goldwater scholarship. You may review the Eligibility Requirements here.

If you are worried that you are not competitive enough, do NOT “count yourself out” without first talking with your Goldwater Campus Representative.

STEP 2: Identify Your School’s Goldwater Campus Representative (CR)

Identify your school’s CR by opening the Campus Representative Locator. If your school is not listed on the Locator, please contact the Goldwater Help Center at 507-931-8335 or by email at

STEP 3: Complete a Student Profile and Pre-Application and Contact your Goldwater Campus Representative

Complete the Student Profile and Goldwater Scholarship Pre-Application. When submitted, your student profile and pre-application are emailed to your Goldwater CR. This email to your Goldwater CR is nothing more than a conversation starter; it expresses your interest in learning more about the Goldwater scholarship. The information you provide is NOT used as part of your candidacy or in the selection process. Read more

STEP 4: Complete the Online Goldwater Application

The online application has several components, including: 1) online questionnaire, 2) research essay, 3) three letters of recommendation, 4) transcript(s), and 5) for a Permanent Resident, a copy of your Permanent Resident Card. Read more

STEP 5 – Nomination:

The names and the complete set of application materials for students selected as an institution’s Goldwater nominees must be uploaded to the Goldwater nomination site by an institution’s Campus Representative on or before the application deadline, the last Friday in January at 5:00 p.m. Central Time. Typically, CRs have an earlier final campus deadline by which they must have the nominees’ final materials. Check with your CR.


If you need help or assistance with any part of the application, contact the Goldwater Help Desk at 507-931-8335 or, by email, at