Northeastern Deadline: 12/02/2015

Fellowship Deadline: 01/20/2016

Award Details

The Barry Goldwater Scholarship is a highly competitive, merit-based award for outstanding students in mathematics, the natural sciences, and engineering who are interested in pursuing a career in research. Sophomores and juniors who have excellent academic records (a GPA of at least 3.7) and outstanding letters of recommendation) and a demonstrated interest in and potential for careers in these fields are invited to apply. Northeastern can nominate up to 4 students each year.

The core of the Goldwater application is the presentation of a compelling research project, clearly and concisely communicated to fellow scientists in two pages. This requires faculty input and multiple revisions.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Northeastern’s candidates should have a GPA of 3.7 or better.
  • Outstanding letters of recommendation from respected faculty members.
  • A compelling research project, clearly and concisely communicated to fellow scientists in two pages. This usually requires faculty input and multiple revisions–so get started ASAP!
  • Students must be interested in a research career. Students who plan to study medicine are eligible, but these applicants need to demonstrate an interest in medical research rather than careers in private medical practice.
  • U.S. citizens, resident aliens or U.S. nationals.
  • Full-time students who are at least sophomores and not seniors.
  • Applicants must be nominated by their undergraduate institutions using the official forms of the Goldwater Foundation.

Selection Criteria

The awards will be made on the basis of merit to those who have outstanding potential (demonstrated by a history of academic achievement) and intend to pursue careers in mathematics, the natural sciences, or engineering. To be considered, a student must be nominated by Northeastern University.

Application Procedures

Interested students should contact the Fellowship Office for a Goldwater Scholarship Application Booklet and Request for Reference forms.

Applicants for the Goldwater Scholarship must be endorsed by Northeastern. In order to apply for a Goldwater, therefore, please submit the following documents by the end of day on November 17th:

  1. A complete application form.  The application becomes available when you register on the Goldwater web site. DO NOT submit applications through the Goldwater site electronically for the internal deadline. Once your application is complete, but before it has been submitted electronically, download it, print it to PDF and submit it, along with your project essay, through the form here.
  1. The main part of the application is an essay describing a scientific issue or problem of interest to the applicant.  The essay should be typed and confined to two pages (one side only). Font size may not be smaller than 11 point. Submit this essay, along with your completed application, through the form here.The 2-page project proposal essay must include:
  • a description of an issue or problem in the field
  • a discussion of an idea for research that would have significant impact on the issue or problem
  • a description of an aspect of the research in which the student would be involved
  • an explanation of the relevance of the issue or problem to the student as a mathematician, scientist, or engineer.
  1. Three letters of recommendation from faculty.  Two letters should be from faculty members who can discuss your potential for a career in mathematics, the natural sciences, or engineering. At least one of these must be a faculty member in the your field of study. A third letter should  be from another individual/faculty member who can attest your potential as a researcher. If you have been involved in research, one recommendation must be from the individual who supervised your work. Contact Dr. Jonna Iacono for a Request for Reference form. DO NOT register your referees online.  Once you register them on the online application, you will not be able to change your referees nor will your they be easily able to make any changes to their letters for the national deadline.
  1. An official Northeastern University Transcript and any transcripts from other institutions you have attended.  Northeastern transcripts can be ordered through the Office of Registrar at 120 Hayden Hall or through the myNEU Web Portal. Send transcripts to Jonna Iacono, Director, Office of Fellowships at 411 Richards Hall.

Submit your application forms and project proposal here in time for the internal deadline.

After the internal evaluation, selected candidates finalize their applications. These applications are then forwarded to the national competition.

Award Benefits

Each scholarship covers eligible expenses for undergraduate tuition, fees, books, and room and board, up to a maximum of $7,500 annually. Scholarship monies not used during one academic year are not transferable to the succeeding academic year. Junior-level scholarship recipients are eligible for a maximum of two years of scholarship support, and senior-level scholarship recipients are eligible for a maximum of one year of scholarship support. Scholars may opt to study abroad, but their Goldwater funding will be based on their U.S. institution’s budget. Scholars must consult with the Foundation prior to signing up for an overseas program, as there may be some costs associated with being overseas that are prohibited from being covered by this scholarship.

On Campus Contact Information

If you meet the eligibility criteria above and are interested in applying for the Goldwater, please fill out a preliminary questionnaire on the Contact Us page. Once you have completed this form, please contact Dr. Jonna Iacono, Director of the Office of Fellowships at the address below for more information.

Dr. Iacono
Director, Office of Fellowships
411 Richards Hall
360 Huntington Avenue
Northeastern University
Boston, MA 02115

Phone: 617.373.3202

Applicants in the process of crafting their applications should also avail themselves of the expertise of their faculty mentors and Professor Phyllis Strauss, who has served as a faculty representative for the Goldwater for many years. She can be contacted at