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NSF Federal Cyber Service: Scholarship for Service (SFS)

Office of Grant Writing & Publications

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University of Missouri
Columbia, MO 65211

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Limited Submission Announcement

The NSF Federal Cyber Service: Scholarship for Service (SFS) program seeks to increase the number of qualified students entering the fields of information assurance and computer security and to increase the capacity of the United States higher education enterprise to produce professionals in these fields to meet the needs of our increasingly technological society. The SFS program is composed of two tracks:

  • The Scholarship Track provides funding to award scholarships in the information assurance and computer security fields. Scholarship recipients shall pursue academic programs in information assurance for the final two years of undergraduate study, or for two years of master's-level study, or for the final two years of PhD-level study. These students will participate as a cohort during their two years of study and activities, including a summer internship in the federal government. A limited number of students may be placed in National Laboratories and Federally Funded Research and Development Centers (FFRDCs). The recipients of the scholarships will become part of the Federal Cyber Service of Information Technology Specialists whose responsibility is to ensure the protection of the US government's information infrastructure. Upon graduation, recipients will be required to work for two years in the federal government.
  • The Capacity Building Track provides funds to improve the quality and increase the production of information assurance and computer security professionals. Professional development of information assurance faculty and development of academic programs can be funded under this track.

Because MU is limited to one Scholarship Track proposal and one Capacity Building Track proposal, letters of intent must be submitted to the Office of Research,, no later than 4:00 p.m. on Friday, January 15, 2010. Letters of intent should be limited to three pages and should include content as follows: For Scholarship Track: 1) the selection process of scholarship recipients and distribution justification, 2) internship structure and management plan, 3) proposed mechanisms to ensure retention of scholarship recipients to degree completion, and 4) program evaluation plans.

For Capacity Building Track: 1) area of need and objectives of the proposed program; 2) the administrative structure and program oversight; 3) impact on the production of qualified students; 4) partnerships between institutions of higher education, government, and relevant employment sector; and 5) program evaluation and dissemination plans.


The Scholarship Track provides two years of tuition, room and board allowance, and stipends for students in the general area of information assurance and security. The scholarships provide academic year stipends of $8,000 per year for undergraduate students and $12,000 per year for graduate students. The program contains an internship component intended to support hands-on training in the federal government that is supported through the award for the internships and other training. A typical award might be approximately $2.5 million for four years supporting three cohort classes of 10 first-year students (year 1), 10 first-year and 10 second-year students (year 2), 10 first-year and 10 second-year students (year 3), and 10 second-year students (year 4). The total award sizes will depend upon the tuition amount, room and board allowance costs, and on the cost of management and development.

The Capacity Building Track provides funding of up to $150,000 per year for two years; additional funding of up to $150,000 per year for two years is available to partnerships that include minority institutions as recognized by the US Department of Education.

MU Deadline:

4:00 p.m., Friday, January 15, 2010

Sponsor Deadlines:

February 2, 2010


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