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Smart scholarship program asee smart scholarship program team

SMART Scholarship ProgramASEE SMART Scholarship Program Team

Underlying questions
Underlying Questions

How can the Department of Defense (DoD) recruit top science and technology (S&T) students?

How can the DoD better attract students in specific fields to pursue advanced degrees?

How can the DoD fill holes in a workforce that has:

30% eligible for retirement within 5 years;

60% eligible within next 10 years?


What is smart
What is SMART?

SMART is a DoD workforce development program

The goals of SMART:

Provide funding to allow Participants to focus on school

Provide Participants with experience and exposure to DoD facilities and the DoD culture prior to graduation

Start the process that will produce the next S&T leaders

American Society of Engineering Education (ASEE)

Manages the application process for SMART

Provides the mechanism for Participant payments

Participant benefits
Participant Benefits

Full tuition and fees (up to five years) for AS, BS, MS, and PhD degrees

Annual cash award from $25,000 to $38,000

Security clearance (SECRET)

Summer internships and travel expenses

An experienced Mentor

Book and health insurance allowance

Post-graduation employment

Service Commitment: One-Year of Work for Each Academic Year Funded

Approved fields of study
Approved Fields of Study

Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering


Chemical Engineering


Civil Engineering

Cognitive, Neural, and Behavioral Science

Electrical Engineering


Information Sciences

  • Materials Science and Engineering

  • Mathematics

  • Mechanical Engineering

  • Naval Architecture

  • Nuclear Engineering

  • Ocean Engineering

  • Oceanography

  • Operations Research

  • Physics

  • Industrial and Systems Engineering

We will support interdisciplinary programs that overlap these fields


Application process
Application Process

Application Process

Web-based (

Open season is August 1 through December 14

Applicant Requirements

United States citizen/18 years of age

Status as a sophomore or beyond at award

Ability to obtain/maintain a security clearance

Minimum of a 3.0 cumulative GPA (on a 4.0 scale)

Complete 10-12 week summer internships

Current enrollment or have taken GRE

Approved field of study with an interest in research

The smart process









The SMART Process

Selection process
Selection Process

  • SMART Selection Panel meets in late January

    • Representatives from DoD and Academia

    • Panel selects the top 50%

    • Top 50% are submitted to the DoD facilities

  • DoD facility representatives select the Participants

    • They will conduct interviews (call, VTC, face-to-face, etc.)

    • Selections based on degree, field of study, school, etc.

  • Awards are made to those selected by the DoD facilities in April

Orientation to hiring
Orientation to Hiring

  • Academic Performance/Requirements

    • Must maintain above a 3.0 GPA

    • Submit transcripts and an annual educational work plan

  • Internships

    • Participate in annual summer internships

    • 10 to 12 weeks in length

  • Graduation and Hiring

    • Begin employment within 30 days of graduation

    • One for one service commitment

Other considerations
Other Considerations

SMART positions you well for your first career:

An opportunity to start your career without bills

*Buy your first home vice paying student loans*

A guaranteed job in your field following graduation*No worrying about the where, what, when*

Demand for SMART students exceeds our budget *Promotion opportunities*

SMART positions you well for your second career:

Security clearance*Higher paying positions are open with a clearance*

Understanding of DoD policies and procedures*Desired and respected experience*

SMART allows you to serve and maintains our technical dominance

Additional information
Additional Information

  • Web site:

    • Application is on-line

    • General program information

  • Email:

    • Specific questions regarding your personal situation

    • Ask anything…

  • Phone: (202) 331-3544

Tips for applying for research focused scholarships and fellowships
Tips for Applying for Research Focused Scholarships and Fellowships

  • Start early, taking significant time to compose essays and secure strong recommendation letters

  • Read and understand the program solicitation

  • Demonstrate your personal motivation and excitement for research

  • Highlight the significance of your research and how it will impact the sponsoring organization or society

  • Give essays to many people for review

  • Be clear, concise, confident, and truthful

  • Get input from professors or university administration

  • Get input from previous applicants and winners

  • Be sure to include all volunteer, leadership and extracurricular activities

  • Regularly check application status