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


November 3, 2023

11:59AM EST

Timeline for Applying



Award recipients


Sofia Guerrero

Goldwater Scholar

Ella Gunady

Goldwater Scholar

Aditya Paul

Class of 2023, Goldwater Scholar, A.B. Duke 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.


NCS Scholarship Information in Canvas - specialized application advice.


  • Open to US Citizens and Permanent Residents
  • Upper quarter of the class
  • Nomination by Duke
Goldwater Nomination Process 2023
Connect with an OUSF advisor to learn about the application process Schedule an AppointmentOpen office hours every Monday at 4:00pm, or by appointment
Submit Application Interest Form

Current Student

Anytime - the earlier, the better!
Work on application materials and check in with NCS and faculty advisers September - October
Deadline for complete Campus Applications, including resume information, transcript, and all essaysCampus ApplicationFriday, November 3, 12p.m. (noon)
Deadline for all letters of recommendationncs-ousf@duke.eduFriday, November 3, 12p.m. (noon)
Duke nominees named by NCS Late November


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