NCAE-C PhD Scholarships

Scholarship Opportunity Summary

The Department of Defense, in partnership with the National Centers of Academic Excellence in Cybersecurity (NCAE-C), is announcing a pilot PhD scholarship program to augment the available cyber faculty within the NCAE-C community. Scholars selected for this program will perform a service obligation in one of the available NCAE-C faulty positions for which they qualify. The service obligation can be performed at the parent institution or any other NCAE-C institution that has open faculty positions

2022–23 Application Cycle (NEW!)

PhD students studying cybersecurity-related subjects at IUP and other NCAE-C institutions are encouraged to apply for this full-ride scholarship. Selected candidates for this scholarship will receive full support for two years, including a generous annual stipend, a waiver for tuition and all fees, books, cost for certification exam, and other benefits. If you are interested in pursuing this scholarship, application is now open. Information about this current application cycle is given below.


  • Full cost of tuition and all fees provided for 2022–24 academic years.
  • $35,000 annual stipend for room and board.
  • Covering the cost of all required books (up to $1,000).
  • Covering costs of attending one cyber-related conference and for one cyber-related certification.

Basic Requirements

  • Be a US citizen.
  • Be enrolled in one of the NCAE-C universities.
  • Have only two academic years remaining in a doctoral program.
  • Be pursuing a course of study related to cyber.
  • Agree to serve four years at an NCAE-C institution as a member of their faculty, upon graduation.


Download the NCAE-C PhD Scholarship flyer

How to Apply

The application deadline is April 28, 2022, at 4:30 p.m.

  1. Make sure you satisfy all the basic requirements listed above.

  2. Read the scholarship application requirements carefully and in its entirety to be fully familiar with the program, and make sure you follow all directions.

  3. To apply, download and complete the student application. 

  4. Applications must be filled out entirely and include all required additional materials.

  5. Applications and questions should be submitted by email to Professor Farag. See contact info below.


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