The Science, Mathematics And Research for Transformation (SMART) Scholarship-for-Service Program is an opportunity for students pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) disciplines to receive full tuition, summer internships, annual stipends, and full time employment with the Department of Defense upon degree completion. The SMART Program aims to increase the number of scientists and engineers in the Department of Defense (DoD) that will contribute innovative advancements in technology that support and protect the nation. The program seeks to identify individuals that demonstrate an aptitude and interest in conducting theoretical and applied research that will further the DoD's mission. Individuals applying to the program should have a strong interest in working for the DoD as a civilian employee. SMART is a one-for-one commitment; for every year of degree funding, the scholar commits to working for a year with the DoD as a civilian employee.
Applicants must be pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree in one of the 21 STEM disciplines listed in the eligibility requirements found on the SMART Scholarship website. The purpose is to promote the education, recruitment and retention of rising junior and senior undergraduate and graduate students in Science, Mathematics and Engineering studies. Students must have a minimum of a 3.0 average on a 4.0 scale in their course of study. All students applying must provide a letter of recommendation from their academic or research advisor and a Department of Defense (DoD) Mentor. DoD Mentors must have technical expertise in the area of specialization the student is pursuing. They will review academic progress and approve the education plan for each term; coordinate the academic program, progress and research work with the faculty advisor. Upon selection, students must sign a DoD civilian service agreement. See the program website link in the sidebar for more information.