Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship (students)

Campus deadline: 11:30 pm on December 5, 2022

Optional priority draft deadline: October 31, 2022 (submit drafts, however rough or polished, by this deadline via the form here: you'll be guaranteed an appointment for feedback before the campus deadline and have a stronger application with less stress!)

The mission of the Goldwater Foundation and its scholarship program is to help develop the nation’s next generation of researchers in the natural sciences, mathematics and engineering, by awarding scholarships to college sophomores and juniors who intend to pursue research careers in these fields.

**Recent Wellesley Goldwater Scholars include Medeea Popescu '17, Anne Shen '17Catherine Nicoloff DS '19Ella Mullikin '20Ally Kim '21, Alexandra Martinez Lopez '22 and Harshini Raman '22, and Cora Barrett '23.

Hear Goldwater Scholars' insights on graduate school, including applying for degree programs and scholarships, plus life as a graduate student: check out videos posted on the Goldwater website's homepage.



Who is eligible?

  • College sophomores or juniors planning to pursue careers in mathematics, the natural sciences, or engineering;
  • who have a college GPA of at least a 3.0 on a 4.0 scale; and
  • who are United States citizens, permanent residents, and nationals.

What makes a strong applicant for this fellowship?

  • The student’s commitment to a research career and potential to make a significant contribution to his or her field; and
  • Plans to pursue advanced degrees after college.

Where can I learn more?


How do I apply?

All Wellesley College candidates for the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship must first apply for Wellesley’s nomination. Wellesley is invited each year to nominate no more than four applications to go forward to the national competition.  Interested Wellesley applicants are warmly encouraged to book a Fellowships advising appointment with Kate Dailinger of the Fellowships office, through Handshake.  

Cannot find an available appointment? Drop by Fellowships Pop-Up Advising: no appointment required. See our Events listings in Handshake for details.


Application checklist

☐ Three recommendations: from STEM faculty, and including at least one from a research advisor if applicable. *NOTE that there are guidelines for recommenders on the official website, here, and format requirements for the submission of letters here. Please give your recommenders this link to allow them to submit their letters by the campus deadline - should they have any difficulty with the online form, please ask them to email their letters to

Submit the following, by the campus application deadline, via the online form found here:

☐ Official online application form (found via the Goldwater website; note that you must first complete a very brief pre-application with preliminary information before you will be able access to the full application--this shouldn’t be difficult, but does require a little bit of extra advance planning). Even before the official online application opens, students may find on the Goldwater website an outline of the questions asked.

☐ One essay discussing a research  issue or problem in your field of study that is of particular interest to you, typically describing research in which you are involved (no more than 3 pages, maximum; for further details, see, as well as the official application tips for students)

CV/resume (not part of your official application, but helpful to the campus committee, thanks)

☐ Unofficial copies of applicable transcripts (e.g. Wellesley, transfer, study abroad; see the note about transcripts on the official website); for the campus competition, all that's needed for a Wellesley transcript is the unofficial grade report students can access online)

☐ Copy of Permanent Resident card if applicable.

Wellesley Fellowships office signature document (please print, sign & date this form, then submit a scanned pdf or other image of the signed document along with your application materials)

Application timeline

Summer/Fall, before applying

  • Visit the Goldwater website: to learn more about the Scholarship and the application process.
  • Talk with faculty and research mentors about your interest in a research career and in applying for the Goldwater.
  • Identify reference-writers (not sure whom to ask? Kate’s glad to help: simply book a Fellowships advising appointment via Handshake) and request references.
  • Start writing, especially the research essay. Give yourself time to try several drafts and to seek feedback from faculty and from Kate in the Fellowships office.

Early September
The new Goldwater application will become available online at Note that you must complete and submit a brief pre-application before you’ll be able to access the full Goldwater application.

October 31, 2022

Optional priority draft deadline: October 31, 2022: submit drafts, however rough or polished, by this deadline via the form here: you'll be guaranteed an appointment for feedback before the campus deadline and have a stronger application with less stress!

Campus application deadline: ​11:30 pm on December 5, 2022

  • Letters of reference should ideally be submitted by this deadline: they should be submitted via this link (should recommenders have any difficulty with the online form, they should please email their letters to;
  • Application materials (see checklist above) should be submitted via the online form found here.

December/early January

  • Campus review committee reads applications and sometimes interviews short-listed applicants before selecting no more than four applications to forward to the national competition.
  • All applicants will be able to receive feedback, and nominees will be able to use this to finalize their applications in advance of the national deadline in late January.

Late January
Nominees will need to submit the final versions of their applications early enough to allow the campus fellowship advisor to forward materials to the Goldwater Foundation by the national deadline. All letters of reference must be submitted by this deadline.

Late March/early April Scholarships and Honorable Mentions typically announced by the Foundation.


Email or call Caitlin Roberts-Donovan at 781.283.2347.