The application period for the Science, Mathematics and Research for Transformation (SMART) Scholarship opened on Aug. 1 and will continue to Dec. 1, 2023.


Funded by the Department of Defense (DoD), the SMART Scholarship-for-Service Program is a combined educational and workforce development opportunity for students seeking a future in STEM-related fields. The program seeks to recruit, educate, employ and foster the DoD’s future civilian STEM workforce through scholarships and lasting partnerships with academic institutions, STEM education ecosystems, as well as DoD laboratories and agencies.


The program offers full tuition, annual stipends of $30,000 to $46,000, book and health allowances, summer internships, professional mentorship, and employment with the DoD. DoD employment is also a necessity, as the SMART program represents a one-for-one requirement of service. For every year of educational funding, the recipient commits to working one year for the DoD as a civilian employee. Scholarship recipients can receive up to five years of funding, depending on degree requirements.


Candidates should ensure they meet specific eligibility requirements before submitting their application:


1) American, British, Canadian, Australian or New Zealander citizenship at the time of application
2) 18 years old as of Aug. 1, 2024
3) Hold a minimum cumulative 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale
4) Be willing to work for the DoD as a civilian employee after graduation (not uniformed personnel)
5) Requesting at least one year of education funding before graduation
6) For multi-year scholarship recipients, be willing to complete at least one summer internship
7) The student can produce a fall 2023 academic transcript from a regionally accredited U.S. college/university, or is currently earning a graduate degree at a regionally accredited U.S. college/university
8) Be pursuing a technical degree (undergraduate or graduate) in one of 24 STEM-related fields, such as – but not limited to – chemistry, mechanical engineering or physics
9) Be able to obtain and maintain and secret security clearance
10) Applicants on active duty must be separated or on terminal leave no later than Aug. 1, 2024


For a full list of the 24 approved disciplines and other eligibility requirements, see


For more information on the SMART Scholarship program, or to apply, visit


The SMART program also offers the Dellums SMART Scholarship, which shares many similarities to the SMART Scholarship. A significant distinction between the two is that high school seniors (and other applicants who do not have a college transcript), can submit for the Dellums SMART Scholarship. For more information, specifically on the Dellums SMART Scholarship, go to


The majority of applicants accepted into the program will receive notification no later than spring 2024.


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