The Science, Mathematics, and Research for Transformation (SMART) Scholarship for Service Program is an opportunity for students pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) disciplines.  Recipients of the SMART Scholarship receive a cash award paid at a rate of $25,000 to $38,000 per yer (depending on prior educational experience), full tuition and related education expenses, health insurance, a book allowance, summer internship opportunities (for multi-year participants), and post-graduation career opportunities.

Eligibility Requirements

  • U.S. citizen 18 years of age or older as of August 1, 2014.
  • Must be able to participate in summer internships and willing to accept postgraduate employment with the Department of Defense.
  • Student in good standing with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.
  • Pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree in one of the fields related to STEM disciplines.

General Information

The program aims to increase the number of civilian scientists and engineers working at Department of Defense (DoD) laboratories.  The program is particularly interested in supporting individuals who demonstrate and aptitude and interest in conducting theoretical and applied research.

If you are selected as a SMART Scholar you will have the fantastic opportunity to intern with one of the laboratories, obtain valuable experience during your education, and gain exciting employment opportunites when you graduate.

Individuals applying to the program should have a strong interest in working for the DoD as a civilian research scientist or engineer.  Students pursuing degrees related to the following are encouraged to apply:

  • Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering
  • Biosciences
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Chemistry
  • Civil Engineering
  • Cognitive, Neural, and Behavioral Sciences
  • Computer and Computational Sciences
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Industrial and Systems Engineering Information Sciences
  • Materials Science and Engineering
  • Mathematics
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Naval Architecture and Ocean Engineering
  • Nuclear Engineering
  • Oceanography
  • Operations Research (technical tracks only)
  • Physics
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Geosciences

Deadline Dates

September 3, 2014 Application available online.

December 16, 2014 Completed application and required documentation must be submitted to the SMART Program.

Application Instructions

Completed on-line application and required documentation must be submitted to the American Society for Engineering Education.  All application instructions and materials are available on SMART scholarship website. UM students are encouraged to notify the Office of Prestigious Awards and Fellowships about their intention to apply for the fellowship no less than one month before the national deadline so that an advisor can provide application guidance and feedback.