Department of Defense Information Assurance Scholarship Program (IASP)

Applications are now open for the Department of Defense Information Assurance Scholarship Program (IASP). Please apply by May 15, 2017 and send completed applications to ccs@nyu.edu.

Cybersecurity is considered so important to our national defense that a formal DoD IASP was established by the National Defense Authorization Act for 2001 (Public Law 106- 398). The purpose is to promote the education, recruitment, and retention of rising junior and senior undergraduate and graduate/doctoral students in cybersecurity studies.

The DoD is seeking rising junior and senior (third and fourth year) undergraduate and graduate/doctoral students who are interested in full-ride scholarships for concentrated studies in cybersecurity. Students selected for the program will receive full scholarships. This requires the student to agree to serve one year of service to the DoD, upon graduation, for each year of scholarship received, in addition to the internship identified below. An opportunity also exists for scholarship payback through military service. Individuals choosing to enlist or accept a commission to serve on active duty in one of the Military Services shall incur a service obligation of a minimum of 4 years on active duty in that Service upon graduation. The Military Services may establish a service obligation longer than 4 years, depending on the occupational specialty and type of enlistment or commissioning program selected. Traditional Guardsmen and Reserve Soldiers are eligible to apply. Scholarship payback for this group is two-years of service for each year of scholarship received.

During breaks in their academic studies, Information Assurance Scholars will receive progressive, hands on experience in information security internships. In return, scholars must agree to some restrictions and obligations regarding curriculum, GPA, and pre- and postprogram employment. If all conditions are met, Information Assurance Scholars will receive full-time conditional/permanent positions in Components of the DoD upon program completion.

Applicant information

The Scholarship provides the following benefits:

  • Full tuition, books, and required fees (including health care)
  • Stipends to cover room and board: $22,500 for Undergraduates and $30,000 for Masters/Ph.D.
  • Internship opportunities and job placement with federal government agencies

Eligible applicants must meet the following requirements:

  • US Citizen
  • 18 years of age or older
  • Undergraduate Junior/Senior class standing, or masters/doctoral candidate
  • Satisfactory academic record (At least 3.2 GPA for undergraduates and 3.5 for graduate/Ph.D students)
  • Currently enrolled at NYU Tandon or accepted for enrollment.
  • You must be pursuing a course of study and/or have a declared major in one of the scientific, technical, or managerial disciplines related to cybersecurity or with a concentration in cyber security (“How to apply”).

The application should consist of the following items:

  • The IASP Student Application completely filled out and signed (see Attachment D).
  • Separate sheet highlighting recognitions, honors and awards (see page 5 of Attachment D). You may attach a separate sheet of plain 8 ½” x 11” paper on which you record your responses or the continuations of your responses. On each such page, indicate your name.
  • Supplemental Academic Sufficiency Statement (see pages 4-10 of Attachment D). You must complete the Statement of Academic Sufficiency supplement to the OF612, to which you must attach the following additional supplemental statements:
    • Resume
    • One (1) Letter of Reference from a current faculty member who is fully knowledgeable of your potential for successful learning, your knowledge, and your ability. See page 5 of Attachment D for instructions about the content of this Letter of Reference. Letters must be on University letterhead and contain the full name and contact information of the faculty member (phone, email, and address).
    • One (1) additional Letter of Reference from either a current or former faculty member, or a current or former supervisor who is fully knowledgeable of your potential for successful learning, your knowledge, and your ability. See page 5 of Attachment D for instructions about the content of this Letter of Reference. Letters must be on official letterhead and contain the full name and contact information of the faculty member or current/former supervisor (phone, email, and address).
    • Official (certified) transcripts from all the institutions of higher learning you have attended. Web printed copies will not be accepted.
    • Supplemental Competency Statement: Knowledge, Skills and Attributes (see page 6 of Attachment D): You must complete the OF612 Supplemental Competency Statement with narrative responses that describe the level of your attainment of the knowledge and ability factors indicated. See remainder of application package for instructions about the content of this supplemental statement.
    • Signature of the Supplemental Statement of General Academic and Employment Conditions (see page 10 of Attachment D). If you agree with the all of the academic and employment conditions required for your receipt of scholarship assistance and appointment under the IASP, and wish to be considered for it, you must sign the OF612 Supplemental Statement of General Academic and Employment Conditions.

For a full listing of requirements and additional information about the application process, please review the “How to Apply” and “Attachment D” documents. Further information can be found by visiting the NSA Information Assurance website: https://www.iad.gov/iad/programs/academic-outreach/index.cfm.