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The SFS Program Experience

Programs of study are varied and cover fields such as Computer Science/Engineering, Security of Emerging Technologies (e.g., internet of things, medical implants), Cyber Law and Privacy, and Policy. Students pursue studies in well-established cybersecurity programs, engage with hands-on experiences, participate in cyber competitions and pursue opportunities for professional development (e.g., earn industry certifications, present at conferences). They are required to complete a summer internship to hone their skills and gain professional experience. Often they stay at their place of internship for post-graduation placement.

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Scholarship Components

  • Up to 3 years of support for undergraduate and graduate (MS or PhD) education
  • Academic-year stipends of $25,000 per year for undergraduate students and $34,000 per year for graduate students
  • Tuition and education related fees (does not include items such as meal plans, housing, or parking)
  • Professional allowance of $6,000 for SFS Job Fair and other travel, professional certification, etc.
  • Participation in virtual and in-person job fairs in Washington, D.C.
  • Post-graduation government service requirement for a period equivalent to the length of scholarship

Am I Eligible To Participate?

Are you...

  • A citizen or lawful permanent resident of the United States? In addition, you must be one of the following:
  • Full-time student within three years of graduation with a bachelor's or master's degree in a coherent formal program that is focused on cybersecurity at an awardee institution; or Research-based doctoral student
  • A community college student at an SFS Community College Cyber Pilot (C3P) awardee institution pursing an associates degree or specialized certification in the field of cybersecurity; AND already have a bachelor's degree, or are a veteran of the Armed Forces.
  • Other university specific eligibility requirements

You must meet criteria for Federal employment and be able to obtain a security clearance, if required.

Sophomores at community colleges are eligible for one year of support if there is a formal agreement between a community college and a four-year institution to transfer the student for two years of additional support to complete a bachelor's degree.

How Do I Apply?

Interested students need to apply directly with participating institutions – the list of institutions can be found on the link below. Just send an email asking for availability and application instructions.

Check out the participating institutions.