NSF CyberCorps® SFS

National Science Foundation’s CyberCorps® Scholarship for Service (NSF SFS)

The Herbert Wertheim College of Engineering, University of Florida, has received a grant from the National Science Foundation for the CyberCorps® Scholarship for Service (SFS) Program. The grant provides monetary support in the form of scholarships, covering full tuition and providing stipends, to domestic students pursuing doctoral degrees specializing in cyber security who are interested in working for federal, state or local government agencies and/or organizations after graduation. The program is offered by the U.S. government’s Office of Personnel Management. The scholarships are funded through grants awarded by the National Science Foundation. The program requires that students ‘pay-back’ the scholarship with service, that is a commitment to work for a government agency (such as the FBI, CIA, DOD, state universities or county school systems, etc.) for the same amount of years they accepted the program’s scholarship.Participants with also be provided with direct avenues for internships, pre and post-graduation, as well as job placement upon graduation.

The College of Engineering invites graduate students to apply to the GAANN Fellowship program. Students from traditionally underrepresented populations, including women and minority populations, are strongly encouraged to apply.

 

Synopsis of Program

Cyberspace has transformed the daily lives of people. The rush to adopt cyberspace, however, has exposed its fragility and vulnerabilities: corporations, agencies, national infrastructure and individuals have been victims of cyber-attacks. In December 2011 the National Science and Technology Council with the cooperation of the NSF advanced a broad, coordinated federal strategic plan for cybersecurity research and education to “change the game,” check the misuses of cyber technology, bolster education and training in cybersecurity, establish a science of cybersecurity, and transition promising cybersecurity research into practice. To achieve this strategic plan, the nation needs advanced research within and across disciplines, requiring expertise in human, statistical, mathematical, computational, and computer sciences to develop and transition new concepts and technologies to practice. It also requires an innovative and efficient cybersecurity education system that results in an unrivaled cybersecurity workforce and citizenry capable of advancing America’s economic prosperity and national security in the 21st century.

 Retrieved from: https://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=504991

CyberCorps® Scholarship For Service (SFS) is a unique program designed to increase and strengthen the cadre of federal information assurance professionals that protect the government’s critical information infrastructure. It is the Federal Government’s response to dealing with the new and emerging threats to its information technology infrastructures.This program provides scholarships that may fully fund the typical costs incurred by full-time students while attending a participating institution, including tuition and education and related fees. Additionally, participants receive stipends of $22,500 for undergraduate students and $34,000 for graduate students.

For further details about NSF SFS, visit their FAQs page: https://www.sfs.opm.gov/StudFAQ.aspx

 

Eligibility Criteria:

Minimum Requirements

  • Must be a full-time student pursing a bachelor’s or master’s degree in a coherent formal program that is focused on cyber security at an awardee institution (or research-based doctoral student).
  • Must have been already admitted to the institution before applying.
  • Must be a U.S Citizen or Lawful Permanent U.S. Resident.
  • Must meet criteria for Federal employment.
  • Must be able to obtain a security clearance, if required.
  • Scholarships are awarded on a merit-based basis.
  • Women and underrepresented minority candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.

 

Application Process

  • Prepare a resume.
  • Draft a statement about your interest in cybersecurity, as demonstrated by course taken, research interests and/or extracurricular activities and desire to work in public service after graduation.
  • Submit to Project Director(s), other participating faculty in your area of interest or FICS Research Coordinator.
  • Admission decisions are made by a committee consisting of all the participating faculty.

 

Contact Details

Project Director

Co-Directors

 

Other Participating Faculty

 

FICS Research Staff

  • FICS Research Coordinator
    Lesly Galiana
    MAE 226
    Phone: 352-294-3945
    Email: lesly@ufl.edu