Goldwater Scholarship

Campus Deadline Disciplines Purpose Open To Eligibility
November 1 STEM Funding for 1-2 years of undergraduate study Sophomores and Juniors U.S. citizen or permanent resident, 3.7+ GPA

Barry Goldwater Scholarship

The purpose of the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship program is to “foster and encourage excellence in mathematics, the natural sciences, and engineering.” The Goldwater Foundation seeks scholars who are committed to a career in science, mathematics, or engineering, and who display intellectual intensity, and have the potential for significant future contribution in his or her chosen field.

The Goldwater Scholarship provides a grant toward the last year or last two years of undergraduate tuition and living expenses for students in science, mathematics, and engineering who are planning careers in research. Each scholarship covers eligible expenses for tuition, fees, books, and room and board, up to a maximum of $7,500 annually. MSU may nominate up to four candidates, who may be either juniors or sophomores at the time of nomination. Applicants should have strong research experience, be U.S. citizens, and have a high GPA (the mean GPA among Scholars is 3.95).

For more information about the scholarship, visit the Goldwater Scholarship website. 

The Goldwater Scholarship requires an institutional endorsement. If you intend to apply, make sure you know that the MSU internal competition deadline is November 1st.

How to Apply

1. Complete the NIFS Intent to Apply Form at to get on our list of applicants
2. Complete the student profile and Goldwater pre-application here:
3. If your Goldwater pre-application is approved, you will be added to the MSU NIFS Goldwater D2L site where the application is located.
4. Work with the NIFS Office (nifs@msu.eduon a draft of your application and resume.
5. Work with your research mentor on your research essay. 

Application Components:

· Application form (Word version on the MSU NIFS Goldwater D2L site)
· Research essay
· Three recommendations (faculty and research supervisors)
· Transcripts from all higher education institutions attended after high school
· Resume using the NIFS resume template here: