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SMART Scholarship

The Science, Mathematics, and Research for Transformation ( SMART ) Scholarship is established by the Department of Defense ( DoD ). The scholarship is intended to support undergraduate and graduate students who are pursuing degrees in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics ( STEM ) disciplines. The program aims to increase the number of civilian scientists and engineers working at DoD laboratories. The winning candidates will get a stipend paid at a rate of $25,000 – $38,000 amount.

The Secretary of Defense is the principal defense policy advisor to the President. The mission of the Department of Defense is to provide the military forces needed to deter war and to protect the security of the country.

Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) disciplines :

  • Electrical Engineering
  • Geosciences
  • Industrial and Systems Engineering 
  • Information Sciences
  • Materials Science and Engineering
  • Mathematics
  • Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering
  • Biosciences
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Chemistry
  • Civil Engineering
  • Cognitive, Neural, and Behavioral Sciences
  • Computer and Computational Sciences
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Naval Architecture and Ocean Engineering
  • Nuclear Engineering
  • Oceanography
  • Operations Research
  • Physics


Eligibility for SMART Scholarship

All awardees must be:

  • A citizen of the United States, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, or the United Kingdom at time of application
  • 18 years of age or older as of 1st August, 2017
  • Able to participate in summer internships at DoD laboratories
  • Willing to accept post-graduate employment with the DoD
  • A student in good standing with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale at the time of award and,
  • Pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree in one of the disciplines listed on the About SMART page

SMART Scholarship Application 

For applying the scholarship, the candidates must register themselves. The link is :

All applicants are required to submit an application and supporting documents online by 1st December, 2016, at 5:00 PM EST.

Award Amount:

Participants in The SMART Scholarship For Service Program Receive:

  • Full tuition and education related fees (does not include items such as meal plans, housing, or parking)
  • Stipend paid at a rate of $25,000 – $38,000 depending on degree pursuing (may be prorated depending on award length)
  • Summer research internships
  • Health Insurance allowance up to $1,200 per calendar year
  • Miscellaneous Supplies Allowance of $1,000 per academic year
  • Mentoring
  • Employment placement after graduation

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Application Form Submission 16 Dec 2020 to 16 Jan 2021.