CyberCorps®: Scholarship for Service (SFS)
The National Science Foundation (NSF) provides funding to institutions so they may award scholarships to students for cybersecurity-related degree programs at select two- and four-year colleges and universities in return for service in Federal, State, local, or tribal governments upon graduation.
Click the button below to find a list of participating schools and to learn more about participation requirements. If you are interested in a program, please contact the university representatives listed for more information. Or if you are close to graduation, view a listing of Federal cybersecurity jobs available on USAJOBS.gov at the bottom of this page.
Typically, the scholarships provide academic year stipends of up to $22,500 per year for undergraduate students and up to $34,000 for graduate students. SFS scholarships may cover expenses normally incurred by full-time students in the institution, including tuition and education-related fees.
The SFS scholarship program gives students exclusive access to hiring fairs for internship and permanent hire opportunities. DHS co-sponsors an annual virtual SFS Job Fair (October), and in-person SFS Job Fair in the Washington, DC area (January). Scholarship recipients must serve in the government in a cybersecurity-related position for a period equivalent to the length of the scholarship.
Universities interested in providing cybersecurity scholarships
Colleges and universities play an active role in developing the pipeline of future cybersecurity leaders.
A proposing institution must provide clearly documented evidence of a strong existing academic program in cybersecurity (e.g., designation as a CAE) to be eligible to apply for an SFS award. Schools that participate in the SFS program support an important mission to strengthen the cadre of cybersecurity professionals protecting our nation. Students can feel confident attending schools that have federally-recognized degree programs that will prepare them for careers in cybersecurity, and a degree from one of these schools gives potential employers confidence in hiring a graduate.
Institutions looking apply for an SFS award, should visit the NSF SFS Program page. Students or agencies looking for more information can visit the SFS program website or email the SFS program office with questions.
Government Hiring Managers interested in hiring top cyber students:
SFS students may fulfill their term of service in any Federal, state, local, and/or tribal government organization(s). The SFS program has just over 2,500 graduates since 2002, and SFS graduates have found positions in more than 140 federal/state/local tribal agencies and FFRDC/national labs. As of January, 2018, there are 70 participating institutions in 28 states, DC, and Puerto Rico (see list at https://www.sfs.opm.gov/contactsPI.aspx) offering SFS scholarships.
Government employers can access SFS student resumes and recruit new hires directly by visiting the SFS website and registering as an Agency Official. They can also recruit new hires by participating in the annual job fairs.
Tips on recruiting SFS students:
- Identify your cybersecurity workforce needs and available billets (federal agencies: billets should be in the GS-7-12 range)
- Log in as an Agency Official to view resumes and contact qualified candidates
- Register for both annual job fair events at www.sfs.opm.gov
- Contact the SFS Program Office directly at firstname.lastname@example.org to distribute information
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