Campus Deadline: November 27, 2019
Official Goldwater Website  


The Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship provides $7,500 per year for educational expenses to sophomores and juniors majoring in math, science, and engineering. The purpose of the award is to encourage outstanding students to pursue careers and advanced degrees in these fields. The foundation awards up to 300 Goldwater Scholarships nationwide. UCLA can nominate four students for the award.

Eligibility requirements

  • Full-time sophomore or junior (planning one or two more years of full-time undergraduate study)
  • U.S. citizen, resident alien or U.S. national from American Samoa or the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands
  • Upper quarter of class (usually a minimum 3.7 GPA)

Selection criteria

Selectors seek students who demonstrate a strong commitment to a career in math, science, or engineering; display intellectual curiosity and intensity; and possess potential for significant future contributions in their chosen field. It is expected that Goldwater scholars will pursue advanced degrees. Students who plan to study medicine are eligible only if they plan a research career rather than a career as a medical doctor in private practice. Typical fields of study include, but are not limited to, applied science, astronomy, biochemistry, biology, chemistry, computer science, entomology, environmental science, genetics, geology, mathematics, microbiology, neurobiology, physics, zoology, and all fields of engineering.

Application requirements

STEP 1: when the Goldwater application becomes available in September, create a “pre-application” at the Goldwater site.

STEP 2: by the campus deadline, submit the following materials to the UCLA Scholarship Resource Center:

  • Your completed Goldwater application (including the research essay)
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Your unofficial UCLA transcript
  • Transcripts from any other institutions attended
  • If you are not a US citizen, a copy of your Permanent Resident card and letter of intent to become a US citizen.

The UCLA selection committee will select the university’s nominees based on the above application materials and criteria.

UCLA’s campus rep is available to answer questions about the process. Please contact the SRC with questions.