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 a full scholarship and be gainfully employed upon degree completion. The SMART Program aims to increase the number of scientists and engineers in the Department of Defense (DoD). The program is particularly interested in supporting individuals that demonstrate an aptitude and interest in conducting theoretical and applied research. As such, the program primarily targets 'hand-on-the-bench' researchers and engineers. Individuals applying to the program should have a strong interest in working for the DoD as a civilian research scientist or engineer.
Applicants must be pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree in one of the disciplines listed on the About SMART webpage. 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 his or her 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 detailed information.