Scholars and Fellows, and Educational Programs

The objectives of this program are: (1) increase the intellectual capacity, skills and talents, especially those of U.S.

citizens in areas of relevance to homeland security; (2) to attract undergraduate and graduate students to obtain advanced degrees in disciplines of importance to homeland security;
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(3) provide advanced professional and research development opportunities for fellows, scholars and faculty in targeted areas; and (4) to increase a diverse and highly talented cadre of new and emerging science and technology expertise working in areas of importance and need to homeland security.

Related Programs

Examples of Funded Projects

Information on current DHS funding can be found at

Agency - Department of Homeland Security

The Department of Homeland Security has three primary missions: Prevent terrorist attacks within the United States, reduce America's vulnerability to terrorism and minimize the damage from potential attacks and natural disasters.

Website Address

Relevant Nonprofit Program Categories

Program Accomplishments

The program succeeded in selecting 105 Scholars and Fellows in August of the preceding fiscal year.

Uses and Use Restrictions

Individuals must be U. S. citizens and employed or enrolled in an accredited U. S. institution of higher learning, e.g., university, college, etc.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

All applicants must be U.S.


Applicants must be a rising college junior or first or second year graduate student, or postdoctoral fellow, studying in one of the following areas including: computer science, engineering, life sciences, math, physical sciences, psychology, social sciences, DVM/PhD, and certain humanities.

Applicants must be enrolled in full-time at accredited U.S.


Applicants should have career and employment goals aligned with the mission and objectives of the U.S.

Department of Homeland Security.

Postdoctoral scientists and engineers who have held the doctorate degree less than five years at the time of application.

Summer faculty fellows must have tenure or be tenure-tracked and be from a minority serving institution.

Beneficiary Eligibility

Undergraduate Student, Graduate Student, Postdoctoral Scholars, and Minority Serving Institution Faculty.



Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination


This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.


Application Procedures

Application deadline and other information are contained in the application/program guidance.

Award Procedures

Applications or plans are reviewed by DHS program and administrative staff. Any issues or concerns noted in the application will be negotiated with the successful applicant prior to the award being issued.


Refer to announcement or application guidance for further information.


Homeland Security Act of 2002, Public Law 107-296, Section 302 (10).

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

Refer to program guidance document.




Based on availability of funding and academic progress.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements


Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Refer to program guidance.

Post Assistance Requirements


Participant feedback and progress reports are required.





Financial Information

Account Identification



FY 07 $3,000,000; FY 08 est $3,500,000; and FY 09 est not available.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

Refer to program guidance.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature


Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office


Headquarters Office

Department of Homeland Security, University Programs, 245 Murray Lane, Building 410, Washington, DC 20523. E-mail: .

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Refer to the program guidance for information on criteria for selecting proposals.

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