SMART Scholarships

From time to time, I will post certain opportunities that are prestigious, exciting or well paying. The SMART scholarship-for-service opportunity for U.S. graduate and undergraduate students is one of those. It is a highly-selective, prestigious, national program that fully supports your 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.  Their website has a brochure and more information

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.  

Additional applicant and SMART related questions can be answered via:


Phone: (202) 331-3544

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