The SMART Scholarship for Service Program will pay for all educational expenses for a B.S., M.S. or Ph.D. program, and then provide scholars unique opportunities to work as research scientists or engineers on cutting edge technology in world class Department of Defense facilities.



SMART Scholars receive:

  • Full tuition and educational fees
  • Generous cash stipend ranging from $25,000 - $38,000 per year
  • Paid summer internships, health insurance, and miscellaneous allowance
  • Employment with Department of Defense facilities after graduation



Students pursuing degrees in the following fields are encouraged to apply:

  • Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering
  • Biosciences
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Chemistry
  • Civil Engineering
  • Cognitive, Neural, and Behavioral Sciences
  • Computer and Computational Science
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Geosciences
  • Industrial and Systems Engineering
  • Information Sciences
  • Materials Science and Engineering
  • Mathematics
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Naval Architecture and Ocean Engineering
  • Nuclear Engineering
  • Oceanography
  • Operations Research
  • Physics


Basic eligibility requirements are as follows:

  • a U.S. citizen at time of application (some exceptions apply),
  • 18 years of age or older as of August 1, 2017,
  • able to participate in summer internships at DoD laboratories,
  • willing to accept post-graduate employment with the DoD,
  • a student in good standing with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale and,
  • pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree in one of the disciplines listed above


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