Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Defense, the Science, Mathematics, and Research for Transformation (SMART) Scholarships-for-Service provide support to outstanding undergraduate, master’s degree, and doctoral students in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields.
Each SMART scholarship provides full tuition and related educational expenses at the recipient’s institution, a stipend of between $25,000 and $41,000 per year, depending on the recipient’s previous educational experience, health insurance, a book allowance, summer internships, and post-graduate career opportunities.
Upon graduation, SMART scholars are placed in civilian jobs at Department of Defense laboratories and agencies—this post-degree service commitment is commensurate with the length of an individual’s scholarship award period.
Candidates must be U.S. citizens who are at least 18 years of age and who have maintained a GPA of at least 3.0 on a four-point scale. Undergraduate applicants must be currently enrolled in an accredited college or university in the U.S. Graduate student applicants must either be currently enrolled in an accredited university in the U.S. or be awaiting notification of admission.
All candidates must be willing to participate in summer internships at Department of Defense facilities and accept post-graduation employment in a Department of Defense facility. All awardees must be able to receive and hold a security clearance.