CyberCorps Scholarship For Service (SFS)

CyberCorps Scholarship for Service (SFS) is funded by the National Science Foundation.  The scholarship pays the full cost of your education (all tuition and fees) plus a $25,000 stipend per year for undergraduates students and a $34,000 stipend per year for graduate students. In return, recipients work for the government after graduation in a paid cybersecurity position for the same number of years for which their education was funded. Following that period of service, recipients are free to leave or remain in the public sector. If students receive multiple years of funding, they will also serve the government in a paid summer internship between academic years.

Application Materials

  • Resume
  • Two references, at least one faculty member
  • Transcript(s)
  • Statement, 1-2 pages, speaking on experience in cybersecurity
  • Student Release Form

What they’re looking for

  • Focusing on cybersecurity in their undergraduate or graduate program
  • Other majors include:
    • CS
    • DS
    • ECE
  • Rising junior/senior undergraduate student
  • Able to show strong evidence of their ability to obtain a security clearance 

For Undergraduate Students: 

The earliest you can apply is your sophomore year for the scholarship to begin in your junior year. Recipients can receive one, two, or three years of funding; the 3-year maximum covers junior, senior, and an MS year. Applications are submitted online in a selection process that takes place once a year.

For Graduate Students:

Recipients can receive up to three years of funding. After you apply for admission to WPI to pursue a Master’s or PhD degree in a cybersecurity-related field, apply separately to the SFS program. If you’re admitted to WPI and also selected for SFS, then your SFS scholarship starts in your first semester. For students beginning in the Fall, applications for SFS are due in February. For students beginning in January, applications are reviewed throughout the Fall on a rolling basis – please discuss your application with the WPI SFS Program Manager, via email, at

Academic Level
Field(s) of Study
Application Deadline
Nomination Required
Citizen Status
U.S. Citizen