The Department of Defense provides the military forces needed to deter war and protect the security of the United States through five major areas: peacekeeping and war-fighting efforts, Homeland Security, evacuation and humanitarian causes.
Fiscal Year 2009: Made 260 new STEM undergraduate and graduate scholarship-for-service awards. Transitioned approximately 75 SMART participants to the DoD workforce. Fiscal Year 2010: Estimate 225-250 new awards to be made. Transition approximately 150 new SMART participants to the DoD workforce. Fiscal Year 2011: Estimate 250-275 new awards to be made. Transition approximately 175 additional SMART participants to DoD workforce.
Uses and Use Restrictions
Awards are made to undergraduate and graduate students majoring in a DoD-relevant STEM field, who must be U. S. citizens and enrolled in an accredited U. S. institution of higher learning, e.g., university, college, etc.
Specified in application.
All applicants must be at least 18 years of age and U.S.
Applicants must be an undergraduate or graduate student majoring in a DoD-relevant STEM field.
Applicants participate in internships at DoD laboratories.
Participants will be required to obtain and/or maintain a security clearance.
Upon completion of their degree, applicants are expected to work full-time for the DoD.
Beneficiaries are undergraduate and graduate students enrolled in a DoD-relevant STEM field.
See application (e.g. proof of citizentship, official transcripts, proof of enrollment in an accredited college or university). This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-87.
Aplication and Award Process
Preapplication coordination is not applicable.
Environmental impact information is not required for this program.
This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.
This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-102. This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-110. All eligible U.S. undergraduate and graduate students may apply.
Award decisions will be based on a competitive selection process.
Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.
SMART Defense Education Program, Public Law 109-163, 119 Stat. 3448, 10 U.S.C 2192a, as amended by National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2010, Public Law 110-417, 122 Stat. 4392, 10 U.S.C 2192a.
Range of Approval/Disapproval Time
From 90 to 120 days.
Formula and Matching Requirements
This program has no statutory formula.
This program has no matching requirements.
This program does not have MOE requirements.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Eligible students may receive a SMART award from one to five years. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Varies depending on type of assistance.
Post Assistance Requirements
Program reports are not applicable.
Cash reports are not applicable.
Participant reports required.
Expenditure reports are not applicable.
Participant performance reports required (see program details).
(Project Grants (Fellowships)) FY 09 $32,625,000; FY 10 est $37,300,000; FY 11 est $50,000,000
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Average annual award is approximately $70,000. Awards can vary due to differences in educational level and tuition.
Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature
Please view the website
Regional or Local Office
See Regional Agency Offices. Defense, Research and Engineering (DDR&E) STEM Development Office,
Naval Postgraduate School, American Society for Engineering Education.
Deborah Shifflett, Naval Postgraduate School, SMART Program, 1 University Circle, Hermann Hall Rm 061, American Society for Engineering Education, 1818 N Street, N.W. Suite 600 Washington, DC 20036-2479 , Monterey, California 93943 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org;email@example.com Phone: (202) 331-3544.
Criteria for Selecting Proposals
SMART scholarship recipients are selected based on merit including (1) academic record and potential to succeed in their proposed study; (2) additional supporting documentation; and (3) commitment to Federal service.