Goldwater Program

Four students in the College of Arts & Sciences were named 2024 Goldwater Scholars — Dua Mobin (C’25), Giselle Rasquinha (C’25), Morgan Rice (C’25) and Jonathan Riess (C’25). Read news coverage.

The Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Foundation awards scholarships to current sophomores and juniors who intend to pursue research-focused careers in engineering, mathematics, and the natural sciences.

These scholarships are up to $7,500 a year to help cover costs associated with tuition, fees, books, room and board. Sophomores who are awarded the scholarship will receive up to $7,500 in both their junior and their senior years. Juniors who receive the scholarship will receive up to $7,500 in their senior year. 

This page has been updated with information about applying during academic year 2024-2025. Please join our Goldwater Scholarship e-mail list!


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If you are eligible, please join our e-mail list to continue to receive information about Goldwater Scholarship advising.

Application Process

University nomination is required to apply for the Goldwater Scholarship; applicants cannot apply without it. To apply for internal endorsement, candidates should submit the following to by the internal endorsement deadline: November 4, 2024 at 12 PM (noon, not midnight) ET:

  • A Parchment transcript
  • Fill out a pre-application in the Goldwater portal
  • Three letters of recommendation from professors/research mentors who may speak to your research experiences and strengths in your chosen field. NOTE: Recommenders, by this same due date, should email these letters directly to Letters should be on letterhead and signed. (Recommenders should review guidance provided by the Goldwater Foundation.)
  • Research essay; the Research Essay must have a title.
  • CRF Advising Waiver and Agreement Form
  • Hyperlinks should not be included in the applicant’s essays or in the letters of recommendation. Reviewers will not use these links.
  • Full application in the Goldwater portal – visit an example of the online application in .pdf format. (You will have access to the full application after your pre-application is approved. Please fill out the pre-application well before the November 4 deadline to give yourself time to fill out the full application, which is required by the November 4 due date.)

The University may nominate up to four current sophomores or juniors to the Barry M. Goldwater Foundation. Additionally, Georgetown may nominate up to six students if one is a transfer student and one is a U.S. Veteran. Note: The fifth and sixth nominees cannot be two transfer students or two U.S. Veterans.

Read more about the Goldwater Scholarship’s review process.

For more information, please contact

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Application Opens: Submit a pre-application in the Goldwater Scholarship portal beginning Tuesday, September 3, 2024.

Internal Nomination Full Application Due (Required to Apply): Monday, November 4, 2024 at 12 PM (noon, not midnight) ET

National Deadline for GU Nominees: Friday, January 31, 2025, 6PM ET. Applications to Goldwater require internal nomination from Georgetown.

Contact a Scholar

If you are a potential applicant for the Goldwater Scholarship, the Center for Research & Fellowships is happy to connect you with a Georgetown Goldwater Scholar so that you can learn more about the process and the experience. Email to request an e-introduction.

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Four portrait-style photographs in indoor and outdoor settings of, left to right, Nadia Sadanandan, Adrian Kalaw, Dominic Pham, and Aryaman Arora
In March of 2022, four Georgetown undergraduates were recognized as Goldwater Scholars, including, left to right, Nadia Sadanandan, Adrian Kalaw, Dominic Pham, and Aryaman Arora. Read news coverage by visiting a story about Sadanandan and another about Arora, Kalaw, and Pham.
A collage of two portrait-style photographs in an indoor setting of Roma Dhingra and Naomi Greenberg
Biology of global health major Roma Dhingra (CAS’24) and biology major Naomi Greenberg (CAS’24) were selected in March 2023 as Goldwater Scholars. Read about their work. Visit a recent Hoya story as well.

Updated April 2024

Goldwater Scholars in the News