Support for undergraduate students intending to enter careers in natural science, mathematics or engineering research; not intended for clinical career goals.


November 1, 2022

11:59AM EST

Timeline for Applying



Award recipients


Ella Gunady

Goldwater Scholar

Aditya Paul

Class of 2023, Goldwater Scholar

Tanner Zachem

Goldwater Scholar

Quick facts

Academic Discipline

Computer Science, Technology
Health and Medical Fields
Natural Sciences
Scientific Research


US Citizen, Permanent Resident


Sophomore, Junior



GPA: Required Minimum


Endorsement Required


Award Amount

$7500 annually towards undergraduate degree


The Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Program was created in 1986 to encourage outstanding students to pursue careers in mathematics, the natural sciences, or engineering and to foster excellence in these fields. Nominees for Goldwater Scholarships must include in their nomination materials a statement of interest in mathematics, the natural sciences, or engineering, detailing how their academic program and their overall educational plans will prepare them for their chosen career goal. Most Goldwater Scholars plan to pursue PhD’s in their chosen field. Students who intend to study medicine are eligible only if they plan a research career rather than a career as a medical doctor in a private practice. Strong candidates will have participated in research, either at their institution, in local industry, or in a national research facility. Students who have not participated in formal research can demonstrate intellectual curiosity through independent investigation of a theory or issue related to their fields of interest. Abilities and potential are also shown through meeting significant responsibilities, involvement in science-related organizations, and accomplishments outside the classroom.


  • Open to US Citizens and Permanent Residents
  • Upper quarter of the class
  • Nomination by Duke
Goldwater Nomination Process 2022
Connect with an OUSF advisor to learn about the application process Schedule an AppointmentOpen office hours every Monday at 4:00pm, or by appointment
Complete a NCS Registration Form to access the full application instructions

Register with NCS

Anytime - the earlier, the better!
Submit Goldwater registration to gain access to online applicationRegister for GoldwaterSeptember
Work on application materials and check in with NCS and faculty advisersWork on ApplicationSeptember - October
Deadline for complete Campus Applications, including resume information, transcript, and all essaysNCS Submission PlatformTuesday, November 1, 12p.m. (noon)
Deadline for all letters of recommendationncs-ousf@duke.eduTuesday, November 1, 12p.m. (noon)
Duke nominees named by NCS Late November


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