The U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) mission to address our Nation’s urgent security challenges is: Assure the Department's information, information systems and information infrastructure and support the Department's transformation to network and data-centric operations and warfare. Achieving information assurance (IA), however, requires more than possessing leading-edge technologies and superior operational capabilities. It requires well-educated, highly skilled personnel in a variety of IA-related disciplines. Finding and properly training an adequate number of such personnel is one of the most important challenges the DoD faces as we look to the future.
To continue to provide the growing number of trained personnel needed, the DoD is working with universities across the country, known as National Centers of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance (CAEs), to develop and expand IA-related curricula and to offer programs of study for future IA professionals. As a powerful incentive for students to enter the IA field, the DoD is offers the Information Assurance Scholarship Program.
The Information Assurance Scholarship Program (IASP) is designed to recruit the nation’s top IA talent to the DoD workforce to secure our nation against the threats to its information systems and networks.
Recruitment students are individuals not currently employed by the DoD or the federal government and who are enrolled in or applying to universities designated as CAEs. Scholarships for recruitment students are provided for Bachelor’s (Junior and Senior year only), Master’s, and Doctoral degrees in IA-related disciplines.
Prior to graduation, students complete an internship (approximately 10-14 weeks). Upon graduation, students move into their full-time positions within the DoD. Students are required to work in the DoD a minimum of one year for each year of scholarship support they received under the IASP.
Provides scholarships and grants for eligible students and schools designated Centers of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education (CAE/IAE, also known as CAEs).
Provides scholarship employment programs (both undergraduate and graduate).
Provides undergraduate scholarships and graduate fellowships for students who are interested in pursuing the basic science and technology innovations.