DoD Cyber Scholarship Program

  • The Funded Grant

    Under the leadership of the Project PI, Waleed Farag, IUP, along with a selected group of national universities, has been awarded funding in the 2018–19 academic year from the Department of Defense (DoD) in support of the Cyber Scholarship Program (CySP).

    Project Summary

    This project, titled “Recruiting High Achiever Cybersecurity Students to Strengthen the Nation’s Cyber Infrastructure,” has introduced a systematic program designed to effectively recruit qualified and high-achieving students who are enrolled in our cybersecurity program of study as candidates to the CySP. Selected candidates for this scholarship will receive full support, including a generous annual stipend, a waiver for tuition and all fees, books, and a laptop. Please see below complete details in the announcement for the new 2019–20 application cycle.

    For complete details about the 2018–19 scholarship, awarded students, on-going mentoring program and other details, please visit the 2018–19 DoD Scholarship Page.

    2019–20 Application Cycle

    If you are interested in pursuing this full-ride scholarship to support your study in cybersecurity and related fields, the Department of Defense is again seeking scholarship applications from rising junior and senior (third- and fourth-year) undergraduate and master/doctoral students for the 2019–20 academic year. Details about this new application cycle are given below.

    Informational Session

    • Monday, January 28, 2019, at 3:30 p.m. in Room 340, Stright Hall


    • Full cost of tuition and all fees provided for 2019–20 academic year.
    • A $25,000 stipend for undergraduate students to cover room and board.
    • A $30,000 stipend for graduate (master’s/PhD) students to cover room and board.
    • All required books provided/reimbursed.
    • A laptop (up to $1,500).

    Basic Requirements 

    • Applicant must have and maintain a minimum cumulative GPA  of 3.2 (undergraduate) and 3.5 (graduate) for the duration of the academic year.
    • Applicant must be entering junior or senior year or a graduate program in fall 2019.
    • Must be a US citizen.
    • By accepting the scholarship, the applicant agrees to work for the DoD as a civilian for one year for each year of scholarship received.


    How to Apply

    1. Application Deadline is Thursday, February 14, 2019.
    2. Make sure you satisfy all basic requirements listed above.
    3. Read the Scholarship Application Requirements carefully and in its entirety to be fully familiar with the program.
    4. Read the detailed Student Application Preparation Instructions thoroughly and make sure you comply with all directions.
    5. Download and complete the new application. Applications must be filled out entirely and include the required additional materials.
    6. If you are a returning student (one who is currently an awardee and would like to apply to renew the scholarship for another year), please download and complete the Returning Student Application.
    7. Both electronic and paper applications must be submitted. 
    8. Applications and questions should be submitted to Dr. Farag. See contact info below.


    Waleed Farag, PhD
    Director of the IUP Institute for Cybersecurity
    334 Stright Hall
    210 S. 10th St.
    Indiana, PA 15705