Department of Defense Science, Math and Research for Transformation (SMART) Scholarship for Service Program

Full scholarship and post-graduation job opportunity at the Department of Defense

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 by the Department of Defense (DoD) upon degree completion.

Applicants MUST be pursuing a technical degree in one of the 19 STEM disciplines listed below. SMART will not fund any management or non-technical degrees.

Deadline Information

Deadline: Saturday, December 1, 2018

Eligibility Requirements

All awardees must be:

  • a citizen of the United States, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, or United Kingdom at time of application,
  • 18 years of age or older as of August 1, 2018
  • able to participate in summer internships at a DoD facility,
  • 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
  • pursuing a technical undergraduate or graduate degree in one of the disciplines listed on the About SMART page.

In addition:

*Undergraduate applicants must be currently enrolled in a regionally accredited U.S. college or university and have a high school diploma/GED. Current high school students are not eligible to apply.

**Graduate applicants can be either currently enrolled in a regionally accredited U.S. college or university or awaiting notification of admission to such. If awaiting admission, you must be accepted for entrance in the fall 2018 term.

*Students who are currently Freshman or enrolled in a First Year Associate’s Program applicants must report an ACT or SAT Reasoning Test Score. Subject tests are not required. In addition, individuals who apply during their Freshman/First Year must obtain a minimum cumulative 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale during the fall academic term of their Freshman/First Year. Freshman/First Year Associate's Program applicants will be required to submit an official transcript reflecting their fall academic term grades to establish compliance with this requirement.

**Graduate applicants must have taken the GRE and test scores must be reportable by ETS. Subject tests are not required.  

*Applicants MUST be pursuing a technical degree in one of the 19 STEM disciplines. SMART will not fund any management or non-technical degrees.

Application Process

All applicants are required to submit applications online by December 1, 2018 at 5:00 PM EST. All supporting materials including references and test scores must be received by December 1, 2018 at 5:00 PM EST. Notifications of awards are traditionally made in the spring. Application materials are not returned to applicants. Applicants must click the "Submit Application" button to submit the application. The following information may be useful in planning and preparing your application.