SMART Scholarship Program

The Science, Mathematics And Research for Transformation (SMART) Scholarship-for-Service Program is funded by the Department of Defense (DoD) and is a combined educational and workforce development opportunity for bachelors, masters, and PhD students to gain technical skills in critical STEM fields and support the national security mission of the DoD. The SMART scholarship provides funding for students pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree in the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) disciplines to receive full tuition for up to five years, summer internships, annual stipends, an experienced DoD mentor at one of the Sponsoring Facilities, 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.

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. Individuals applying to the program should have a strong interest in working for the DoD as a civilian employee. Scholars will also participate in summer internships with their sponsoring facility each summer following each year of funding. Applicants must be pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree in a field of study that falls into one of the 21 STEM disciplines listed in the eligibility requirements found on the SMART Scholarship website. Applicants must also be requesting at least 1 year of degree funding prior to graduation. Upon selection, students must sign a DoD civilian service agreement.

SMART works with over 200 labs and agencies across 40 states all across the army, navy, air force, and other DoD organizations. These Sponsoring Facilities make selections based on their workforce needs and will sponsor a SMART scholar during their degree completion, summer internships, and they will hire the scholar when they finish their degree.

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