The Department of Defense Cyber Scholarship Program (CySP)
What is CySP?
The Cyber Scholarship Program (CySP) is designed to recruit the nation’s top cybersecurity talent to the DoD workforce to secure our nation against the threats to its information systems and networks.
Minimum Eligibility Requirements
- Rising junior and senior undergraduates, master’s and doctoral candidates;
- U.S. Citizen;
- At least 18 years of age;
- Minimum GPA 3.2 (Undergraduate)/ 3.5 (Graduate);
- Enrolled in or applying to universities designated as National Centers of Academic Excellence in Cybersecurity;
- Enrolled in or applying for degrees in cybersecurity-related disciplines; students enrolled in or applying for the following Pace majors are encouraged to apply:
- Business (all majors)
- Computing (all majors)
- Criminal Justice
- Academic scholarship covering full tuition, fees and books;
- Stipend ($25,000 for undergraduate students; $30,000 for graduate students);
- Paid summer internships in cybersecurity-related roles;
- A cybersecurity-related job with the Department of Defense following graduation (pending security clearance);
Scholarship recipients are required to work in the Department of Defense a minimum of one year for each year of scholarship support they received under the CySP.
Examples of courses for an academic path in cybersecurity:
Courses for the Information Assurance in the Criminal Justice System Minor:
- Information Technology
CIT 251 Computer Security Overview
CIT 352 Network and Internet Security
CIT 354 Computer Forensics
- Criminal Justice
CRJ 150 Introduction to Criminal Justice
CRJ 247 Introduction to Private Security
CRJ 346 Terrorism and Society
Note: Students who take CRJ 150 as part of their major should substitute CRJ 150 with CRJ 261 Introduction to Criminal Investigation.
Courses for the Security and Information Assurance Concentration in the MS in Information Systems (choose 3 from the following):
IT 603 Overview of Information Security
IS 639 IS Planning and Policy
IS 641 Information Security Management
IT 660 Network Security
IT 662 Web and Internet Security
Courses for the Network Security Concentration in the MS in Computer Science:
CS 634 Computer Networking and the Internet
CS 653 Cryptography and Computer Security
CS 654 Security in Computer Networking
Courses for the MS in Cybersecurity
CYB 611 Introduction to Cybersecurity
CYB 613 Operating Systems Theory and Administration
CYB 621 Information Security Management
CYB 623 Network Security and Defense
CYB 625 Ethical Hacking and Penetration Testing
Application and Instructions
Application Form - Please note: the application must be filled out digitally using Adobe Reader
DO NOT SUBMIT YOUR APPLICATION TO THE DOD. Submit your application using the contact information below.
Please read the preparation instructions carefully. Applications that do not meet the requirements may be disqualified:
- Digital transcripts and recommendation letters can be submitted directly to Andreea Cotoranu, Clinical Professor email@example.com.
- Before submitting, check your PDF document to ensure all content including check marks, signatures, etc. is displayed on the form.
- Submit your complete application to firstname.lastname@example.org. Use ‘Application Submission’ as your email subject. In the body of your email, indicate which programs you would like to be considered for:
- Choice 1: DoD CySP only
- Choice 2: Pace CyberCorps only (pending grant funding approval)
- Choice 3: Both DoD CySP and Pace CyberCorps
Application Deadline: Friday, January 15, 2021
Your University Points of Contact (POCs) are professors Li-Chiou Chen and Andreea Cotoranu.
Please direct all cybersecurity scholarship-related inquiries, including for application advisement to email@example.com.