Scholarship for service applications open

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On April 29, 2020

The SMART Scholarship-for-Service Program is an opportunity available to both undergraduate and graduate students. Information about the program is detailed below.

The SMART (Science, Mathematics, and Research for Transformation) Scholarship-for Service Program ( is available to undergraduate and graduate students pursuing a technical degree in one of the 21 STEM disciplines listed below. SMART will not fund any management or non-technical degrees. Students pursuing technical degrees related to the following are encouraged to apply:
• Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering
• Biosciences
• Biomedical Engineering
• Chemical Engineering
• Chemistry
• Civil Engineering
• Cognitive, Neural, and Behavioral Sciences
• Computer and Computational Sciences and Computer Engineering
• Electrical Engineering
• Environmental Sciences
• Geosciences
• Industrial and Systems Engineering (technical tracks only)
• Information Sciences
• Materials Science and Engineering
• Mathematics
• Mechanical Engineering
• Naval Architecture and Ocean Engineering
• Nuclear Engineering
• Oceanography
• Operations Research (technical tracks only)
• Physics

What do SMART scholars gain?
• Full tuition and education related fees (does not include items such as meal plans, housing, or parking)
o SMART scholarships are awarded for a specific time based on the anticipated degree completion and conferral dates on the SMART Service Agreement. SMART scholarships range from a minimum of 1.5 years to a maximum of 5 years per award, depending on degree requirements.
• Stipend paid at a rate of $25,000 – $38,000 depending on degree pursuing (may be prorated depending on award length)
• Summer research internships ranging from 8 to 12 weeks
• Health Insurance allowance up to $1,200 per calendar year
• Miscellaneous Supplies Allowance up to $1,000 per academic year
• An experienced mentor at one of the Sponsoring Facilities
• Employment placement at a DoD facility after graduation.
o For each academic year of a scholar’s award, he/she is required to commit to one year (12 months) of civilian employment with the DoD.

For additional information about sponsoring labs, requirements for the program, and how to apply, see Applications can be submitted starting August 1, 2020, but are due no later than December 3, 2020 at 5:00 PM EST.

Please notify Abbie Sherman ( if you plan to apply for the SMART scholarship. If there is enough interest, the Vice Chancellor for Research’s Office might be able to provide support to assist with writing of the applications.

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