Syracuse University

Center for Fellowship & Scholarship Advising

Goldwater Scholarship

About the Goldwater Scholarship

Congress established the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Program to honor Senator Barry M. Goldwater in 1986. Goldwater, a five-term U.S. senator and unsuccessful presidential candidate, was not only a champion of conservative Republicanism but “an incurable gadgeteer who loved such devices as the electronically operated flagpole at his Arizona home that was rigged to raise the flag at the precise moment it was struck by the rays of the morning sun.” ( The Program is intended to provide a continuing source of highly qualified scientists, mathematicians, and engineers and does so by covering undergraduate expenses of up to $7,500 each year.

Special Location of award, if applicable: Syracuse University

Eligible applicants:

• are at least a sophomore (funding is for junior or senior year)
• engage in lab and research work in your field.
• want to attend graduate school (pre-meds are not eligible, but biomedical research is OK).
• have a strong commitment to research and are able to articulate specific research questions

Student year:

Student year at time of application:  Undergraduate – Junior or below

University endorsement required?


Citizenship requirement:

Must be U.S. citizen

The Goldwater Scholarship application process:

Applicants must be nominated by faculty members — you cannot apply directly for the scholarship. Look for summer or semester research opportunities to foster relationships with faculty.

The internal SU application process for the Goldwater and Astronaut scholarships occurs in early November.

Advising contact:

Jolynn Parker  Email:
More Information:

Enter any terms you are interested, such as “Government” or “Biotechnology”,