Encourage students to apply for DoD SMART scholarship

Please consider encouraging your best students to apply to the Department of Defense’s SMART scholarship program, a highly-selective, prestigious, national program that fully supports a student’s education–including full tuition and a very generous stipend–while they are in school.

The Science, Mathematics, And Research for Transformation (SMART) scholarship-for-service Program fully funds undergraduate and graduate degrees in a wide range of technical areas, including all fields of Engineering, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Brain and Cognitive Sciences, and Mathematics.

For more information, download the SMART_brochure_2011 or visit the application web page at The application deadline is December 2010 for the 2011 school year.

SMART provides:

* Full Tuition – to any accredited U.S. University
* A very generous stipend while in school ($25,000 for undergraduates, $33,000 for masters candidates, $33,000 to $41,800 for doctoral candidates)
* Book allowance – $1,000
* Health Insurance
* Paid Summer internships
* All required student fees
* Travel fees for internships

Summer internships at the facility/laboratory are required. In return for fully funding their education, students are required work as a civilian employee at a Service (Army, Navy, Air Force) or DoD Agency (NSA, DIA, DARPA, etc.) laboratory, or similar activity, for a period equal to the time the program paid for their school. Students must be U.S. Citizens, able to obtain a DoD Security Clearance, and be willing to work in a defense facility/laboratory upon graduation.

There will be approximately 300 new awards this year. A break down of SMART recipients by university can be found at:

Additional applicant and SMART related questions can be answered via email at or phone at (202) 331-3544.