Cyber Security Scholarship


The rapid growth of the Internet and its role in every aspect of our daily lives make the cyber space a critical domain to pose security risks to individuals, businesses, corporations, organizations, national critical infrastructures, and governments. Recognizing the need for skilled professionals in the domain of cyber security, the federal government sponsors educational programs to train the next generation of cyber security professionals to maintain U.S. competitiveness in the global cyber security arena and to defend the country's cyber infrastructure against cyber attacks.

Being an NSA/DHS Center for Excellence in Information Assurance Education and Research, UTD participates in this effort to train the next generation of cyber security professionals. Cyber security education programs at UTD include an undergraduate level certification program, a minor in information assurance, a graduate level certification program and graduate level concentration track program in information assurance.

In addition, UTD participates in federally supported cyber security scholarship programs to train our students in technical cyber security domain to prepare them for jobs in federal government or industry. Scholarships are available at both undergraduate and graduate levels and cover student expenses during the last two years of their education programs. Scholarships pay for full tuition and fees and provide stipend to cover room/board and living expenses during the 9-month academic year.

Eligibility Requirements:
The program is open to U.S. citizens only. You must be admitted/enrolled as an undergrad fast track program student or a graduate student in the UT Dallas Computer Science Department at the time of application. Scholarship durations:
  1. For MS students, for two year MS education.
  2. For BS+MS fast track students, for your senior year in undergrad and two years MS education.
  3. For PhD students, for the last three years of your PhD education.
Minimum GPA is 3.2/4.0. You must complete the curriculum requirements of an MS in CS in the Information Assurance track.




Fall 2016

Matriculation Status:



Citizen/permanent resident

Texas Residency Status:


Course Load:


Eligible Classifications:



Erik Jonsson School of Engineering and Computer Science


Computer Science




Application Instructions:

Please submit the following documents as your application material:
  1. Official transcripts from higher education institutions attended so far
  2. Resume
  3. Three reference letters presenting an evaluation of academic (or professional) performance and potential for pursuing a graduate degree. At least two letters should be from faculty members of academic institutions
  4. A personal statement discussing your motivation for pursuing a graduate degree in computer science and your motivation for working for the Government
Please send all the required documents to:

Dr. Kamil Sarac
Department of Computer Science, EC 31
University of Texas at Dallas
800 W. Campbell Road
Richardson, TX 75080

Electronic copies can be sent to [email protected] Questions about the application process or about the scholarship program can be sent to [email protected]

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