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SMART Scholarship Program

The Science, Mathematics, and Research for Transformation (SMART) Scholarship-for-Service Program is an opportunity for students pursuing a bachelor’s, master’s, or Ph.D. program in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) disciplines. SMART scholars receive full tuition, annual stipends, internships, and guaranteed civilian employment with the Department of Defense (DoD) after graduation. SMART scholars will be employed as a DoD civilian upon degree completion.  

The program aims to increase the number of civilian scientists and engineers working at DoD laboratories and facilities. Undergraduates and graduate students studying one of 24 eligible STEM fields are invited to apply. 

Starting with the 2024 cohort, SMART expanded program eligibility by introducing the Ronald V. Dellums Memorial SMART Scholarship (Dellums SMART Scholarship). The Dellums SMART Scholarship expands the SMART opportunity to rising college freshmen by allowing high school seniors to apply. To learn more about the Dellums SMART Scholarship, visit the “About Dellums” page on the SMART website. 

Open annually August 1 – December 1