SMART is a scholarship-for-service program that provides full tuition and other financial benefits to individuals in exchange for a period of post-graduation civilian service in a DoD facility. Another benefit of the program comes in the form of internships that allow for broadly relevant hands-on research and work experiences in DoD facilities, thereby enhancing their educational experience. The SMART Scholarship Program represents a critical DoD investment in attracting the best and brightest of minds whose technical expertise will help execute the Department’s mission.

Grade Level/Age
High School Senior
Department of Defense
Award information


Eligibility Requirements
  • A citizen of the United States, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, or the United Kingdom
  • Applicants MUST be pursuing a technical degree in one of the 21 STEM disciplines.
  • Able to participate in summer internships at a DoD facility
  • Willing to accept post-graduate employment with the DoD
  • A student in good standing with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale at the time of award
  • Pursuing a technical undergraduate or graduate degree in one of the disciplines listed on the “About SMART” page