Science, Mathematics, And Research for Transformation Defense Scholarship (SMART)

Application Information

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Amount Awarded


Application Deadline

December 01

Awarded By

American Society for Engineering Education

Award Amount

Subject to the availability of funds and program authority, scholarships awarded will pay all required educational expenses, including full tuition, required fees, and a book allowance of up to $1,000 per year. Students will also receive a salary/stipend, including health benefits, in the range of $25,000 to $38,000 a year, depending on educational level. Students will be appointed as DoD temporary employees during the tenure of the scholarship/fellowship. An off-campus housing allowance will be based on the standard room and board rate obtained through university housing program. In the event that Congress does not approve payment of stipends or salaries, SMART will not offer such assistance. The tenure of a SMART Scholarship is up to the time typically required to complete degree studies. However, second and subsequent year awards are contingent upon determination by the SMART Executive Agent that the student is making satisfactory academic progress towards a SME degree.


The number of awards varies annually based on the number of qualified applicants. Last year, 175 awards were given.

Additional Information

Students must be able to obtain a Department of Defense (DoD) security clearance to receive this award. Please see the program website for details about the security clearance process. Also, a student may not accept simultaneous remuneration from another major scholarship. The evaluation of applicants will be based on review of their academic records, personal statements, and recommendations. Each student will be evaluated by a panel of scientists and engineers approved by the DoD. The evaluation panel will make recommendations to the DoD for final selections. Upon selection, students must sign a DoD civilian service agreement. The employment obligation to the DoD civilian science and engineering workforce upon completion of the scholarship/fellowship will be a one-for-one commitment. Failure to complete the required period of service will require the reimbursement of funds expended by the government for the individual's education under this program. Graduating students with an STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) degree will enter federal service as a DoD civilian employee at a DoD laboratory or agency. Students must be geographically mobile (usually this means within any of the 50 states) for placement in the DoD within relevant SME career fields following graduation. Students are required to spend their summer as an intern with a DoD laboaratory or agency, or on other assignments that further their educational/training goals. Students are also required to give the DoD permission to follow their career progression for at least 10 years; the follow-up will be in the form of a simple survey to be completed each year.

Deadline Info

Students must apply online on the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) website. The student will need an active email address to create an application account. The student must provide ... sign up for full scholarship deadline information.

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