December 10, 2018

Now Accepting Applications for the DoD Cyber Scholarship Program

The Center for Secure Information System and the Department of Information Sciences and Technology are now accepting applications for the 2019-2020 Department of Defense (DoD) Cybersecurity Scholarship Program (CySP). The Department of Defense will provide students selected as Cyber Scholars with a full-ride scholarship including the following benefits:

Students falling into one of the following categories may apply:

Applicants must meet the following requirements to be eligible:

To submit an application, compile all the required documents, in the order indicated below, into a single PDF file and e-mail it to Dr. Albanese (malbaes@gmu.edu), Dr. Rytikova (irytikov@gmu.edu), and Dr. Islam (kislam2@gmu.edu). Name the file LASTNAME_FirstName_George_Mason_University.PDF, and include:

  1. The completed DoD CySP New Student Application (fill out and sign Attachment D). The form must be electronically filled out. Hand-written applications will not be accepted.
  2. Official Transcripts (scanned from an official hardcopy) from all colleges and universities attended.
  3. Resume (2 pages), including:
  4. Separate sheet highlighting recognitions, honors and awards (see instructions on page 5 of Attachment D).
  5. Two Letters of Reference from persons knowledgeable of your potential for successful learning, as well as your knowledge and ability. At least one of these letters must be from a current faculty member (or a most current faculty member), and the second letter may be from either a current or former faculty member, or a current or former employer. See page 5 of Attachment D for instructions about the content of Letters of Reference.
  6. Competency Statement (see instructions on page 6 of Attachment D).

In addition to the above electronic documents, please deliver original transcripts in sealed envelopes to one of the faculty named above. The Department of Defense needs to verify that the transcripts are not counterfeit. We recommend that you get multiple copies of your transcript. You can deliver a sealed copy to us, and use another copy to scan it for inclusion in the PDF document.

The deadline to submit applications is February 11, 2019, but we encourage students to submit their applications as early as possible to receive feedback from us and increase their chances of being selected for the scholarship.