SMART Overview The DoD recognizes the need to support the education of America’s future scientists and engineers. The SMART Scholarship-for-Service Program is part of a concentrated effort to improve the flow of new, highly skilled technical labor into DoD facilities and agencies and to enhance the technical skills of the workforce already in place. SMART offers scholarships to undergraduate, master’s, nd doctoral students who have demonstrated ability and special aptitude for excelling in STEM fields. Students are also provided opportunities to continue their research in civil service roles following graduation. Through SMART, we are proud to offer our research leaders of tomorrow not only an education, but a career.
Award Benefits In addition to paying tuition and other educational expenses, SMART Participants receive a generous cash award and health insurance allowance. Cash awards are paid at a rate of $25,000 – $41,000 per year depending on prior educational experience.
Internships SMART Scholarships include summer internships. Internships are located at DoD facilities and include a stipend to cover travel expenses.
Eligibility The SMART Scholarship for Service Program is open only to citizens of the United States. Persons who hold permanent resident status are not eligible. Proof of citizenship is required. Students must be at least 18 years of age to be eligible. Applicants for undergraduate awards must be currently enrolled in a U.S. college or university. Awardees must be eligible to receive and hold a security clearance. Please see the program website for details about the security clearance process.
This year’s application will close at 5:00 PM EST on *December 14, 2012*.