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Deborah Shifflett, SMART Program Manager [email protected] What is SMART?. DoD workforce development program for recruiting and retaining the next generation of S&T leaders. 2. Description. SMART is a DoD Civilian Scholarship-for-Service Program

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Deborah Shifflett, SMART Program Manager

[email protected]

What is SMART?

DoD workforce development program for

recruiting and retaining the next generation

of S&T leaders



  • SMART is a DoD Civilian Scholarship-for-Service Program

  • Part of the National Defense Education Program (NDEP)

  • Funded through the Office of the Secretary of Defense

  • Open to recruitment and retention (current DoD employees) candidates

Managed by the Naval Postgraduate School


Science and Technology workforce is aging/retiring

There is extensive competition for talent

Government facilities have a recruiting disadvantage

SMART can help level the playing field


Award History

2006 32 awards

2007106 awards

2008 178 awards

2009262 awards




Funding History

2005Pilot Project


2007 $13.0M

2008 $19.177M



Why Participate?

Exceptional new employees

Talented students that are difficult to recruit

Groomed in your facility over time through mentoring and internships

SECRET level security clearance in place for multi-year participants

Advanced education of current valuable employees

Educational and internship expenses paid for by program


Eligibility Requirements

U.S citizen

18 years of age or older

Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0*

Pursuing degree in one of STEM disciplines

Able to participate in summer internships**

Willing to accept post-graduation employment w/DoD

Can accept both recruitment and retention scholars


Participant Benefits

Full tuition at any accredited college or university in the U.S.

Annual living allowance of $25,000-$41,000

Paid summer internships (paid as additional stipend)

Health insurance

Book allowance of $1,000 per academic year


Post-graduation employment placement w/the DoD

1:1 Post-Graduation Service Commitment


Target Participant

Students Pursuing

Degrees in

STEM Disciplines

Clearance Eligible


Don’t get hung up on STUDENT numbers, we buy to a budget not to a fixed number of awardees


Funding Challenges

2009 Cohort

High: $473,658/PhD/Princeton/5 years

Low: $27,975/BS/MTU/0.5 years

SMART Numbers - Services


SMART Numbers - Degrees


Implementation Overview

SMART Enterprise


Organization Chart


Facility Actions

  • Establish a facility POC, Facility SMART Management Team, and Human Resources POC

  • Create internal policies to establish selection criteria

  • Create procedure for Retention Participants

  • Involve Human Resources personnel from the start to assist in hiring and access requirements

  • Provide each Participant with an appropriate mentor

Accurate Projections & Selection

Prepare accurate short and long-term workforce projections prior to 1st Round of selection

Select applicants whose graduation timelines, disciplines, and research interest match facility needs

Conduct interviews with potential nominees to ensure compatibility with facility prior to nomination

When a facility nominates an applicant, it commits to providing a mentor, internship and post-graduation employment


Meaningful Internships

Provide structured, meaningful internships

Use internship periods to orient Participants with facility and prepare them for post-graduation service

Provide written feedback on intern performance by completing SMART Internship Evaluation forms


Internship Details

  • Multi-year Participants complete internships each summer

  • 10–12 weeks

  • Structure of internship is up to facility

Post-Graduation Employment

Prepare facility for hiring Participants promptly after graduation

Negotiate salary, benefits, and relocation costs directly with Participants

Communicate early and often with Participants regarding application and hiring processes

The SMART Program Office & service liaisons are here to help


Application & Selection Timeline

Additional Information

For general program information

Email: [email protected]

Phone: (831) 656-287

Program Manager

Deborah Shifflett, NPS

(831) 656-3758

[email protected]


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