Scholarship for Service

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Current Opportunities

Purdue no longer has funding for any new admissions to the Scholarship for Service (“Cybercorps”) program as of May 2017.

What The Grant Covers

Each fellowship will cover full tuition and fees for 2 years while the recipient pursues an MS degree with specialization in security. The fellowship also covers lodging and pays a monthly stipend, plus a summer internship. In return, the recipient is expected to make satisfactory progress towards the degree, emphasizing courses related to information security (a faculty member will be the advisor for this). Upon graduation, the student will be required to take a job with the Federal government for as many years as the student received the scholarship.


To be eligible for one of the fellowships, students must:

  1. Be accepted into the MS program (either CS, or the interdisciplinary MS program)
  2. Be a US citizen
  3. Be capable of getting a security clearance (for instance, not having any felony convictions, not using illegal substances, etc).

How to Apply

  • You should either apply for the MS via the CS department : go to the CS Homepage, select Graduate (under Academics), select Admission, and follow the Application Steps. “SFS” should be marked on the CS Web Application.
  • Alternatively, apply to the MS interdisciplinary program.

Once you are admitted to one of the programs, a committee will select the applicants who get the scholarships and then contact them to ensure they meet the Federal requirements. Notes

  • If you are accepted you are not required to attend! Thus, if you apply and don’t get one of the scholarships, you aren’t required to enroll.
  • This is only offered as a residential program. Students are required to be enrolled full-time and participate in labs and seminars. This is not possible via a distance program.
  • In addition to Purdue, several other schools have Scholarship for Service awards at the undergraduate and graduate levels. More information may be found at the NSF site.

Acknowledgment and Disclaimer

This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. 1027493. Any opinions, findings and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation (NSF).

More Info

US Office of Personnel Management page on SFS Lots of detailed information about SFS, including 2 separate FAQ sections.

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