DoD Cybersecurity Scholarship Program

Attention: Rising Juniors and Seniors Studying Cybersecurity 

Department of Defense (DoD) Cybersecurity Scholarship Program (CySP) Overview

  • Information Session: Jan. 25/, 2021 @ 4:30pm and  Jan. 27, 2021 @ 2:00pm in Google Meet   
  • Submit Student Applications to: Adam Goldstein
  • Application Deadline: Friday, Feb. 12, 2021

About the Department of Defense Information Assurance Scholarship Program

"The Department of Defense (DoD) Cybersecurity Scholarship Program (CySP) (formerly known as the DoD Information Assurance Scholarship Program [DoD IASP]) was established, in accordance with provisions of Chapter 112, 'Information Security Scholarship Program,' of title 10, United States Code, added by Public Law 106-398, The National Defense Authorization Act for fiscal year 2001.

The purpose of the program is to increase the number of qualified students entering the fields of information assurance, information technology, and cybersecurity to meet the DoD's increasing dependence on cybersecurity for war fighting and the security of its information infrastructure." (DoD CySP Solicitation)   

The Scholarship Award

  • Undergraduate full tuition, $25,000 stipend


 To be eligible for the DoD CySP Scholarship:

  1. You must be 18 years of age or older.
  2. You must be a citizen of the United States at the time of application. Note, if family members are not U.S. Citizens, some DoD Agencies may be unable to process the applicant (student) to the security clearance level required. Every effort will be made to assign eligible students at an Agency without such restrictions.
  3. You must be enrolled (or accepted for enrollment) in one of the identified CAE colleges or universities listed in this announcement, or enrolled (or accepted for enrollment) at an institution selected by a CAE as a collaborative partner for these purposes.
  4. You must have completed (or by August 2021 will have completed) at a minimum the first two years of an undergraduate degree program and be eligible to (a) begin either the third or fourth year of an undergraduate degree program; (b) begin the first or second year of a master's degree program; or (c) pursue doctoral studies.
  5. You must be pursuing a course of study and/or have a declared major in one of the scientific, technical, or managerial disciplines related to cybersecurity or with a concentration in cybersecurity. 

If Selected for the Program

Understanding of obligations if you accept the scholarship:

  1. Sign a written agreement obligating you to work for the Department of Defense as a civilian employee for one calendar year for each year of scholarship assistance.
  2. Serve in internship positions, if timing permits, with DoD organizations during the time you are receiving scholarship support.
  3. Agree to a security/background investigation (for internships and future DoD employment). Drug tests or other suitability processing will occur as appropriate.
  4. Maintain good academic standing: 3.2 out of 4.0 GPA (undergraduates); 3.5 out of a 4.0 GPA (graduates).  

To Apply to the Program

Complete the full student application (pdf download below). The process includes:

  1. Your résumé
  2. Two letters of recommendation
  3. Statement of honors and awards
  4. Knowledge and abilities in cybersecurity areas  

New Student Application for DoD CySP 2020-21


If you have any additional questions, please contact Adam Goldstein, Assistant Professor, Division of Information Technology & Sciences.

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