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Department of Defense (DoD) Science, Mathematics, and Research for Transformation (SMART)

The Science, Mathematics And Research for Transformation (SMART) Scholarship for Service Program has been established by the Department of Defense (DoD) to support undergraduate and graduate students pursuing degrees in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) disciplines. Individuals applying to the program should have a strong interest in working for the DoD as a civilian research scientist or engineer. There is a post-graduation service requirement. 

If selected, an awardee is assigned to the DoD laboratory where she/she will serve as a summer intern and complete a period of post-graduation employment service as a DoD civilian. Awardees sign the SMART Service Agreement, confirming their understanding that the employment obligation to the DoD civilian Science and Technology workforce upon graduation is a one-to-one commitment. For each academic year of a Participant's award, he/she is required to commit to one year (12 months) of civilian employment with the DoD. 


  • Eighteen years or older by the start of the program (August 1 of program year)
  • A citizen of the United States, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, or United Kingdom at time of application
  • Able to participate in 8-12 week summer internships at DoD laboratories
  • Willing to accept post-graduate employment with the DoD
  • A student in good standing with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
  • Pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree in one of the supported disciplines
  • Either currently enrolled in a regionally accredited U.S. college or university, or awaiting notification
  • Graduate applicants must have taken the GRE and test scores must be reportable by ETS

Last updated: August 2020

Related Awards:
Undergraduate: Goldwater Scholarship
Graduate: NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP); Hertz Foundation Graduate Fellowship; National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellowship (NDSEG)

Fields of Study:

  • Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics


  • United States

Program Type:

  • Professional Opportunity
  • Research
  • Study


  • US Citizen

Program Length:

  • minimum of 1.5 years and a maximum of 5 years of funding, depending on degree requirements


  • December 

Degree Level:

  • Undergrad
  • Post UG
  • Graduate

GPA Cut Off:

  • 3.0


  • Full tuition + fees + $25,000-38,000 yearly stipend (varies by degree) + paid summer internships + mentoring + post-graduation employment