The National Science Foundation (NSF) funds a Scholarship For Service (SFS) program at UMassD, which focuses on supporting the next generation of information technology professionals, industrial control system security professionals, security managers, and other professions focusing on meeting the needs of the cyber mission. This program awards full scholarships (including tuition, fees, and a monthly stipend) for up to 3 years to undergraduate and graduate students whose studies focus on cybersecurity. In return for their funding, recipients must work for the U.S. Government in a position related to cybersecurity, post-graduation. Their period of required service is equal to the length of the received scholarship.
Students funded under the program receive the following benefits (while grant funds are available):
- Full-tuition scholarship (1-3 years depending on the degree program)
- Annual stipend (for living expenses): $34,000 for graduate students
- Additional annual funds to reimburse textbooks and professional development (including laptop, equipment for research/project, certifications/trainings, and professional travel), up to $6,000
- Participation in a targeted job fair and other professional development events for SFS scholars
Students funded under this program incur the following obligations:
- Complete a degree program through a plan of study with a significant focus on security
- Search for and complete security-related government internships during the summers while funded under the program
- Search for and complete employment with the government immediately following graduation -- the period of employment must equal the duration of the scholarship
- Participate in conferences, job fairs, and meetings related to the SFS program
To be eligible for consideration for the SFS scholarship at UMass Dartmouth, the student must meet all of the following:
- a U.S. citizen or Permanent Resident
- a rising full-time senior undergraduate student, or a graduate full-time student, at UMass Dartmouth (prospective students must have applied separately for admission to Computer Science, Electrical and Computer Engineering, or Data Science)
- pursuing a plan of study with significant security content in their host department (Refer to SFS curriculum in CIS, ECE)
- able to show strong evidence of their ability to obtain a Security Clearance
Evaluation criteria include (but are not limited to) academic qualifications (such as GPA), demonstrated interest in cybersecurity, and eligibility for a U.S. security clearance (required for post-scholarship employment).
How To Apply
Priority consideration will be provided to those who complete the application before 15 March 2023. Applications will be reviewed as they are received. There is no guarantee that spaces will be available by or after the priority deadline. Applications will not be accepted after the final deadline of 15 April 2023.
A complete application requires the following:
- A resume, including work experience, key skills, honors, and awards.
- Contact information for two references, at least one of whom must be a faculty member
- A statement (600 words) describing your experience and interests around cybersecurity, your broader career goals, aspects of government work that do (and do not) interest you, and why you are applying for this scholarship.
- A diversity statement (150 words), describing your contributions to the promotion of diversity, equity and inclusion in STEM fields, and personal experiences as they relate to diversity, equity and inclusion.
- The following documents must be read, completed, and signed:
- Code of Conduct Release form
- Obligation Acknowledgment form
- SFS Service Agreement (signed upon acceptance)
Instructions for UMass Dartmouth students
- Download and complete the following forms:
- Code of Conduct Release Form (only complete the top section)
- Obligation Acknowledgment Form
- Go to the Corsair Scholarship Portal
- Click "Apply Now" under the Students login option
- Look for the application "NSF CyberCorps Scholarship for Service (SFS) Scholarship Application"
- Click "Start Application"
- Upload the downloaded forms to their respective entry
- Complete the application and submit
Instructions for external applicants
- Students must also apply to MS in Computer Engineering or Computer and Information Sciences based on their background and interests, by 15 April 2023
- Complete the top section of the Code of Conduct Release Form and submit it to the appropriate office at your school identified in the form itself. The office must then email the completed form to Victoria Vital as explained in the second section of the form. The Scholarship Committee will not review partially completed forms.
- Download and complete the following forms:
- Once completed, convert to pdf, sign, and date (combine your application, resume, and two statements into a single pdf)
- Name the pdf file "University of Massachusetts NSF SFS Application (your full name), (your school)"
- Mail your application as a single pdf file to Victoria Vital (email@example.com) with subject "University of Massachusetts NSF SFS Application (your full name), (your school)"