Science, Mathematics and Research Transformation Scholarship (SMART)

Deadline: December
Eligibility: First Year, Sophomore, Junior, Senior
Disciplines: Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Geology, Mathematics, Physics, Psychology
Location: New York, NY
Duration: Can range from one term to five years

Official Website

Purpose:The Department of Defense (DoD) recognizes the need to support the education of America’s future scientists and engineers. The SMART Scholarship-for-Service Program is part of a concentrated effort to improve the flow of new, highly skilled technical labor into DoD facilities and agencies and to enhance the technical skills of the workforce already in place.


  • Full tuition and education-related fees (does not include items such as meal plans, housing, or parking)
  • Cash award paid at a rate of $25,000 - $41,000 depending on prior educational experience (may be prorated depending on award length)
  • Paid summer internships
  • Health Insurance reimbursement allowance, up to $1,200 per calendar year
  • Book allowance of $1,000 per academic year
  • Mentoring
  • Employment placement after graduation

Terms & Conditions of the Scholarship

Eligibility: All Scholarship recipients must be:

  • A U.S. Citizen at time of application
  • 18 years of age or older as of August 1
  • Able to participate in summer internships at DoD (Department of Defense) laboratories
  • Willing to accept post-graduate employment with the DoD
  • As student in good standing with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale (as calculated by the SMART application)
  • Pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree in one of the disciplines listed on the About SMART page

Special considerations:

  • 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.
  • 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 term.
  • First Year Associate’s Program applicants must report an ACT or SAT Reasoning Test Score. Subject tests are not required. In addition, individuals who apply during their Freshman/First Year must obtain a minimum cumulative 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale during the fall academic term of their Freshman/First Year. Freshman/First Year Associate's Program applicants will be required to submit an official transcript reflecting their fall academic term grades to establish compliance with this requirement.
  • Graduate applicants must have taken the GRE and test scores must be reportable by ETS. Subject tests are not required.