Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship

Dates and Deadlines

Campus application deadline:
January 9, 2017

Scholarship application deadline:
January 27, 2017


Winners receive up to $7,500 for up to 2 years towards the pursuit of an undergraduate degree. Students who apply as sophomores and win the scholarship will receive the scholarship during their junior and senior years. Students who apply as juniors will receive the scholarship for 1 year as a senior. 


  1. U.S. Citizen, U.S. Permanent Resident, or U.S. National (from American Samoa or the Commonwealth of the Mariana Islands)
  2. Sophomore or Junior at time of application
  3. Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or greater
  4. Top 25% in class ranking
  5. Must intend to pursue a research career in mathematics, natural sciences, or engineering

Candidate Profile

Applicants should show a demonstrated interest in research within mathematics, natural sciences, or engineering. Research demonstration is typically exemplified through participation in labs and/or presentations given. It is recommended that interested students seek lab placement at the earliest possible time to gain research experience. 

Applicants should possess a sense of their future research interests that indicate the likely research direction the student will pursue. This is not required to be detailed or perfected at the time of the application.

While the scholarship requires a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or greater, it is recommended that students apply if their cumulative GPA is 3.5 or greater. If a student has a cumulative GPA below a 3.5 it is recommended that the student apply if the student has a strong record of research demonstration.

Scholarship Website

Campus Procedure                 

Students must be nominated by UC Davis to be eligible for the Goldwater Scholarship.  To apply for one of the limited number of campus nominations students must complete and submit the following documents to the Undergraduate and Prestigious Scholarships Office at by the campus deadline listed above:

  1. Applicant Profile
  2. Complete Online Goldwater Application - Available annually in September
  3. Three Page Research Essay
  4. Three letters of recommendation

All applicants who meet the qualifying criteria and submit the above documents by the campus deadline will be invited to interview with the campus committee to determine the UC Davis nominees.  Only the strongest applications from those the committee believes have a legitimate chance of winning the Goldwater Scholarship will be nominated.