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Overview

The SFS program is managed by the National Science Foundation (NSF), in collaboration with the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM), the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and, in accordance with the Cybersecurity Enhancement Act of 2014 (Public Law No: 113-274). This initiative reflects the critical need for Information Technology (IT) professionals, industrial control system security professionals, and security managers in Federal, State, local and tribal governments. Students identified by their institutions for SFS Scholarships must meet selection criteria based on prior academic performance, likelihood of success in obtaining the degree, and suitability for government employment. Upon graduation, scholarship recipients are required to work a period equal to the length of their scholarship in Federal, State, Local or Tribal Government, an interstate agency, State, Local, or Tribal government-affiliated non-profit that is considered to be critical infrastructure, or in other approved organizations (i.e. FFRDC/UARC) as cybersecurity professionals.

Recruiting

Finding the talent needed to protect information systems can be challenging. The SFS program helps hiring managers by providing scholarships to the finest candidates from institutions with some of the top cybersecurity programs in the country. Many are National Centers of Academic Excellence (CAE) designated institutions and institutions with equivalent designation. Agencies may recruit SFS students for internships during their academic term and permanent placement after graduation.

Hiring Managers and Human Resources Consultants interested in recruiting from the SFS can gain access to this talented IA candidate pool by registering as an agency official or contacting the program office at sfs@opm.gov. We can distribute job information for you, provide information on students available and their degree information so you can contact them directly, you can work directly with a participating institution, or we can work directly with you to determine other methods that may work better for you.

Recruiting Events

Closed hiring events specifically for SFS students are held twice a year. We hold a live job fair (typically located in the DC area and held in January) and a Virtual Career Fair (typically held in October). These events will give your agency an opportunity to interview and even hire SFS students on the spot. Best of all, they are FREE for agencies to participate. If your agency is interested in attending either of these events, register as an agency official with us and you will be added to our contact list, or email us at sfs@opm.gov and request to be added to our contact list to receive additional information.


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