This federal aid program is managed by:
Office of the Secretary of Defense, Department of Defense
To: (1) increase the intellectual capacity and proficiency of future scientists and engineers in disciplines critical to defense; and (2) to increase the number of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) qualified individuals in the DoD workforce.
(Project Grants (Fellowships)) FY 09 $32,625,000; FY 10 est $37,300,000; FY 11 est $50,000,000
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.
Examples of Funded Projects:
Fiscal Year 2010: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2011: Estimate 250-275 new awards to be made. Transition approximately 175 additional SMART participants to DoD workforce. Fiscal Year 2012: No Current Data Available
Types of Assistance:
Range and Average of Financial Assistance:
Average annual award is approximately $70,000. Awards can vary due to differences in educational level and tuition.
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.
All applicants must be at least 18 years of age and U.S. citizens. 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.
Award decisions will be based on a competitive selection process.
Contact Info for Headquarters Office:
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 Phone: (202) 331-3544.