The federal CyberCorps® Scholarship for Service (SFS) program provides tuition and a stipend to students in exchange for commitments to serve the U.S. Government in a cybersecurity role after graduation.
CyberCorps® is open to students who are enrolled in the Computer Science, the Electrical and Computer Engineering, the Public Policy or International Affairs departments at Georgia Tech and who demonstrate strong interest in the field of cybersecurity. Scholarship recipients receive internship opportunities prior to graduation, professional development, and employment placement assistance. Upon graduation, recipients work in a position related to cybersecurity for a Federal, State, Local or Tribal government organization in the United States for a period equal to the length of the scholarship. Typically, undergraduate and Master's students can be funded for up to two years, while Ph.D. students can be funded for three years.
The goal of the CyberCorps® program is to support those who are passionate about preventing cyberthreats to everyone's economic security, personal health and safety, and privacy. CyberCorps® is part of the federal government's response to information technology systems under cyberattack, and it seeks to strengthen the cadre of cybersecurity and information assurance professionals who stand ready to protect it.
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*All available scholarship funds have been awarded for the 2017-18 year. Apply by May 31, 2018 for the 2018-19 academic year.
- Georgia Tech tuition and fees per academic year (excluding meal plans, housing and parking)
- Stipends of $22,500 for undergraduates and $34,000 for graduate students per academic year
- Up to $3,000 health insurance allowance per year
- $4,000 travel allowance for job fair and professional development per academic year
- $2,000 textbook allowance per academic year
- Summer internships, typically paid, with a government organization
- Access to the CyberCorps® Scholarship for Service Job Fair, where scholarship recipients meet Federal or State, Local, Tribal, and Territorial government employment recruiters.
How to Apply
Complete and sign both of the following forms. Email them to firstname.lastname@example.org
May 31 is the deadline to apply for awards beginning during a Fall semester.
Dec. 1 is the deadline to apply for awards beginning during a Spring semester. *All available scholarship funds have been awarded for the 2017-18 year. Apply by May 31, 2018 for the 2018-19 academic year.
Students who wish to be funded by CyberCorps® must be:
- Undergraduate (Junior or Senior), Master's or Ph.D. students
- Already accepted or admitted to the Georgia Institute of Technology
- Enrolled in either the CS, ECE, PUBP, or INTA departments with a significant focus on cybersecurity
- Attending Georgia Tech on a full-time basis while receiving scholarship funds
- A citizen or permanent resident of the United States
- Eligible for federal employment, including the ability to obtain a security clearance
- Complete and sign a Service Agreement form, acknowledging your willingness to work for a participating U.S. Government organization for a period equal to the length of the scholarship.
Upon receiving the scholarship, students must:
- Maintain a specified grade point average
- Attend the CyberCorp® Scholarship for Service Job Fair in Washington, D.C. in January of each year
- Complete a summer internship at an approved U.S. Government organization during each year in which the recipient is funded
- After graduation, work for an approved U.S. Government organization for a period equal to the length of the scholarship.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: How do I apply for the CyberCorps® SFS?
Contact one of the Georgia Tech professors listed above. An application is required for the Federal CyberCorps® Scholarship for Service that is separate from other forms of financial aid. A decision is not made until student enrollment or acceptance into a resident degree program has been confirmed.
Q: Do I need letters of recommendation?
No, the letters that you supplied for the application into your Georgia Tech degree program (if they were required) are sufficient. We do not require additional letters of recommendation.
Q: Can I receive the scholarship while taking online courses?
No, it is necessary to be enrolled in an appropriate resident degree program. Georgia Tech does not award the CyberCorps® SFS to online students.
Q: How can I search for qualified internships or employment to meet my obligations under this scholarship?
You will be required to register on the CyberCorps® SFS website and complete an online resume, which government organizations will search for job candidates. You also will be provided with financial means to attend a job recruitment fair each January during the term supported by CyberCorps®. Additionally, you are encouraged to register at USAJobs.gov/StudentsAndGrads to proactively seek federal internship and employment opportunities. These sites provide current job vacancies and, in some cases, allow you to apply online.
Q: Where will I work?
You may fulfill your internship and job commitments at any federal, local, state or tribal agency; independent agency; government corporation, or commission. Students may also serve at a national laboratory or federally funded research development center (FFRDC), such as Sandia National Labs. A list of these organizations is provided at USA.gov, at USAJobs, and at NSF.gov If you receive an internship or job offer at one of the approved agencies, you are expected to accept. If you receive more than one offer, it is your choice which one you accept.
Q: What if I want to leave my job before the required period of service ends?
You must repay scholarship funds and stipends as a prorated amount equivalent to the length of time not served. Details are outlined in he Service Agreement.
Additional FAQs are listed on the federal government's Office of Personnel Management SFS website: https://www.sfs.opm.gov/StudFAQ.aspx