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 year (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 employment placement.


Eligibility Requirements

  • U.S. citizen 18 years of age or older as of August 1, 2015.

  • 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 partic¬ularly interested in supporting individuals who demonstrate an 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 DoD laboratories, obtain valuable experience during your education, and gain exciting employment opportunities when you graduate.
Individuals applying to the program should have a strong interest in work¬ing 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
  • Geosciences
  • Industrial and Systems Engineering Information Sciences
  • Information Sciences
  • Materials Science and Engineering
  • Mathematics
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Naval Architecture and Ocean Engineering
  • Nuclear Engineering
  • Oceanography
  • Operations Research (technical tracks only)
  • Physics



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.

Application Timeline

August 2015
Application available online.
December 2015
Completed application and required documentation must be submitted to the SMART Program.