Science, Mathematics and Research for Transformation (SMART) Scholarship for Service Program

United States Department of Defense (DOD)

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Grant amount: US $25,000 - US $40,000

Deadline: Dec 3, 2020 2:00pm PST

Applicant type: Undergraduate Student Graduate Student

Funding uses: Scholarship

Location of project: United States

Location of residency: Anywhere in the world

Location of citizenship: Australia, Canada, New Zealand, United Kingdom, United States

Age restriction: At least 18 years of age

Minimum GPA: 4.0

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The SMART Scholarship-for-Service Program was established as a concentrated effort to enhance the Department of Defense (DoD) workforce with talented, innovative and brilliant scientists, engineers and researchers. For over a decade, SMART Scholars have been working within labs and agencies of the Army, Navy, Air Force and Additional DoD to support the warfighter and create an impact to secure our nation. 

SMART Scholars enter the program to pursue their education in some of the leading STEM fields currently in high demand by the United States Government. The program offers scholarships for bachelors, masters and PhD students pursuing STEM. While in school, students will receive full tuition, monthly stipends, health insurance and book allowances, as well as summer internships that range from 8 to 12 weeks. Upon degree completion, scholars begin working in a civilian position with their sponsoring facility. The internships and work experience allow scholars the opportunity to learn from the greatest minds in STEM and defense. Not only do scholars pursue their passions in their respective field during their educational phase, but they begin a journey towards an empowering career to protect national security. 

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.


  • Applicants MUST be pursuing a technical degree in one of the 21 STEM disciplines listed below. Technical degrees include programs specializing in science, mathematics and engineering (as listed in the 21 approved disciplines)
    • Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering
    • Biosciences
    • Biomedical Engineering
    • Chemical Engineering
    • Chemistry
    • Civil Engineering
    • Cognitive, Neural, and Behavioral Sciences
    • Computer and Computational Sciences and Computer Engineering
    • Electrical Engineering
    • Environmental Sciences
    • Geosciences
    • Industrial and Systems Engineering (technical tracks only)
    • Information Sciences
    • Materials Science and Engineering
    • Mathematics
    • Mechanical Engineering
    • Naval Architecture and Ocean Engineering
    • Nuclear Engineering
    • Oceanography
    • Operations Research (technical tracks only)
    • Physics 
  •  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, 2020
    • able to complete at least one 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 
    • requesting at least 1.5 years of degree funding prior to graduation (which starts at the program start date)
    • pursuing a technical undergraduate or graduate degree in one of the disciplines listed on the About SMART page.
  • *Undergraduate applicants must be currently enrolled in a regionally accredited U.S. college or university and have a high school diploma/GED. 
  • **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 2020 term.
  • *Students who are currently freshman or enrolled in a First Year Associate’s Program 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 21 STEM disciplines. 


  • Non-technical degrees include management, arts or humanities degrees that are not approved or funded by SMART. 
  • Current high school students are not eligible to apply.