MS in Intelligence Studies

Department of Defense Cyber Scholarship Program

Department of Defense Cyber Scholarship Program Announcement

I.  Scholarship Program Description

     The DoD is seeking rising junior and senior (third and fourth year) undergraduate and graduate/ doctoral students who are interested in full-ride scholarships for concentrated studies in cybersecurity and other cyber-related disciplines. This requires the student to agree to serve one year of service to the DoD, upon graduation, for each year or partial year of scholarship received, in addition to an internship.

     Students selected as CyberScholars will receive the full cost of tuition, books (from the institution/degree specific required book list, not books which are optional for the class), required fees (including health care), and a stipend to cover room and board. The stipend levels are $25,000 for undergraduate students and $30,000 for graduate (Master’s/PhD) students

II. Scholarship Benefits

For more information, please review the CySP Application Background attachment. For questions, please email Dr. Randy Borum ( with “DoD CySP Query” in the subject line.

III. If Selected for the Program

Understanding of obligations if you accept the scholarship:

1. Sign a written agreement obligating you to work for the Department of Defense, as a civilian employee for one calendar year for each year of scholarship assistance (Individuals choosing to enlist or accept a commission to serve on active duty in one of the Military Services shall incur a service obligation of a minimum of 4 years on active duty upon graduation. The Military Services may establish a service obligation longer than 4 years, depending on the occupational specialty and type of enlistment or commissioning program selected. Scholarship payback for Traditional Guardsmen or Reserve Soldiers group is two-years of service for each year of scholarship received).

2. Serve in internship positions, if timing permits, with DoD organizations during the time you are receiving scholarship support.

3. Agree to a security/background investigation (for internships and future DoD employment). Drug tests or other suitability processing will occur as appropriate.

4. Maintain good academic standing: 3.2 out of 4.0 GPA (undergraduates); 3.5 out of a 4.0 GPA (graduates). 

IV. Requirements for Eligibility

Applicants must meet the following minimum requirements for eligibility:

For purposes of this application, the scientific, technical and managerial disciplines related to computer and network security and cybersecurity are those listed in the DoD CySP Attachment C. 

V. When and How to Apply

The deadline to have all application materials to the USF Principal Investigator is February 18, 2019.  An acceptable application package for the CySP consists of the following requirements: 

Submit your completed application, with all materials collated into a single PDF file, to the following by Noon on February 18, 2019

Dr. Randy Borum
University of South Florida
School of Information
CIS 1040
4202 East Fowler Avenue
Tampa, Florida 33620

VI.  Assessment of Applications

Applications will be evaluated in the following three stages:

The ranking will be carried out in accordance with the CySP requirements for “Academic Sufficiency” and “Knowledge and Ability” determination procedures listed in the CySP Attachment C. The final applicant list, including the applicants’ respective rankings, will then be sent to the Department of Defense, which will select the scholarship recipients.

VII. Criteria for Selection

The factors used to rank applicants are:

VIII. Program Documents for 2019-2020

Application Background & Requirements
Student Application