Science, Mathematic, and Research for Transformation (SMART) Scholarship

Website Eligibility Deadline Undergraduate/Graduate Students Dec. 1, 2020


The Science, Mathematics And Research for Transformation (SMART) Scholarship for Service Program is an opportunity for students pursuing an undergraduate degree or graduate degree in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) disciplines to receive a full scholarship and be gainfully employed upon degree completion. SMART scholarships are awarded for a specific time based on the anticipated degree completion and conferral dates on the SMART Service Agreement. SMART scholarships range from a minimum of one year to a maximum of five years per award, depending on degree requirements.


All applicants must be:

  • a U.S. citizen at time of application,
  • 18 years of age or older as of Aug. 1, 2021
  • able to participate in 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 at the time of award and,
  • pursuing an undergraduate degree in one of the disciplines listed here.

Graduate applicants can be either currently enrolled in a regionally accredited U.S. college or university or awaiting notification of admission to such. If awaiting admission, you must be accepted for entrance in the fall 2021 term. Graduate applicants must have taken the GRE and test scores must be reportable by ETS. Subject tests are not required.

 Undergraduate applicants must be currently enrolled in a regionally accredited U.S. college or university and have a high school diploma/GED. Current high school students are not eligible to apply.

Students who are currently freshmen must report an ACT or SAT Reasoning Test Score. In addition, students who apply during their freshman year must obtain a minimum cumulative 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale during the fall academic term of their freshman year. Freshmen applicants will be required to submit an official transcript reflecting their fall academic term grades to establish compliance with this requirement.

Application Procedure

Applicants will need to register for a new account before they will be able to start the application. Applicants may complete the application sections in any order. All responses can be changed prior to submission. This allows applicants to save an application-in-progress and return to the application to correct errors and omissions.

  • Privacy Act Statement
  • Contact Information
  • Citizenship and Demographics
  • Academic Background
  • Proposed Area of Study
  • Placement Preferences
  • Professional Experiences
  • Summary of Goals
  • Interests and Research Explanation
  • Community and Volunteer Work
  • Leadership Experiences
  • Teamwork Experiences
  • Publications & Presentations
  • Awards & Honors
  • SAT/ACT Scores
  • References
  • Transcripts
  • How Did You Hear About SMART?
  • DoD Educational Programs
  • Submission of Application

Notifications of awards are traditionally made in the spring. Application materials are not returned to applicants.

Value of the Award

Participants in the SMART Scholarship For Service Program receive:

  • Full tuition and education related educational expenses (meal plans, housing, and parking not included)
  • Stipend paid at a rate of $25,000 - $38,000 a year depending on degree level (may be prorated depending on award length)
  • Summer research internships ranging from 8 to 12 weeks
  • Health Insurance allowance of up to $1,200 per academic year
  • Miscellaneous allowance of up to $1,000 per academic year
  • An experience mentor at one of the Sponsoring Facilities
  • Employment placement at a DoD facility upon degree completion. 


American Society of Engineering Education

Past Undergraduate Winners


Shannon Smith
Class of 2016

Lauren Anderson
Class of  2017
Chemical Engineering

Diana Illingsworth
Class of  2017
Mechanical Engineering

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