Financial Assistance

Several unique opportunties are available to INI students, as described in the scholarship and fellowship information below.

The INI also awards both partial and full tuition scholarships as a form of financial assistance. Students receiving assistance through the INI must remain in good academic standing. Good academic standing is defined as maintaining a grade point average (GPA) of at least 3.0 in core GPA (average of all core required courses) and cumulative GPA (average of all units taken), excluding the project, and having no administrative violations on your record.

U.S. Government Scholarship Program

The INI offers several scholarships allocated by U.S. governmental departments and programs. These scholarships typically include internships or employment exchange as part of their package.

The CyberCorps® Scholarship for Service Program (SFS)

Incoming U.S. students in information security may be eligible to participate in the CyberCorps® Scholarship for Service (SFS) program, which provides full financial assistance to a few highly qualified applicants each year who express an interest and who satisfy all the requirements. See our SFS section for more information.

Corporate Scholarship Programs

Boeing Scholarship

Boeing, the world’s leading aerospace company, is dedicated to working with universities across the country to enhance curricula and recruit exceptional talent for employment. in the past, the Boeing Scholarship has awarded $5,000 to an INI student and granted $2,500 to the INI for curriculum enrichment. Students must be U.S. citizens.

Cisco Scholarship

Cisco Systems is the worldwide leader in Internet networking technology and services and continues to show interest in INI students for their unique skill sets. Through the Cisco Scholarship, one INI student (U.S. citizen or international) receives a $5,000 award.


Director's Fellowship

In a continued effort to provide funding opportunities to highly-qualified applicants, the INI has established multiple Director’s Fellowships, which will provide partial- and full-tuition scholarships to incoming INI students. Eligibility is merit-based and candidates will be selected during the application review process. Admitted applicants with a strong record of academic and personal achievements and high potential will be selected by the Director of the INI to receive this award.

Executive Women's Forum INI Fellowship

The Information Networking Institute (INI) partners with the Executive Women's Forum (EWF), sponsored by Alta Associates, to offer a full scholarship to an incoming INI student.

Alta Associates is a premier executive recruitment firm specializing in Information Security, IT Audit, Risk Management and Privacy. In 2003, Alta Associates organized the first ever Executive Women's Forum on Information Security for leaders in information security, privacy and risk management, and they have been holding annual forums since that time. The EWF is a group of over 200 of the most senior executive women in information security, risk management and privacy who share experiences and build trust-based relationships.

This scholarship was first offered in the Fall 2007 to support a student from a historically underrepresented population. Awardees, known as EWF Fellows, receive a full scholarship and have the opportunity to be mentored by an EWF participant who is at a senior level in the information security field.

Recipients of the EWF scholarship must meet the following criteria: be admitted to an INI graduate program; have an accumulated GPA of at least 3.25 prior to entering Carnegie Mellon and maintain a minimum 3.25 GPA while at the INI; have no outstanding employment contract or obligation while attending Carnegie Mellon; show exemplary promise and potential; and demonstrate exceptional leadership skills.

The Google Anita Borg Memorial Scholarship

In memory of the co-founder of the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing, Google offers the Google Anita Borg Scholarship to women who exhibit a strong academic background and demonstrate leadership. The recipients of the scholarship receive a monetary award for the subsequent academic year, and a group of finalists from the applicant pool are selected to join the recipients for the Annual Google Scholars' Retreat at Googleplex in California. In recent years, two INI students have been selected as finalists. Read more from Google.

The Prabhu and Poonam Goel Graduate Fellowship

The Prabhu and Poonam Goel Graduate Fellowship is awarded to two incoming students each year--one student in the MSIN program and one student in the MSIS program. Scholarship for Service students and government/company-sponsored students are not eligible.

Conference Funding for Graduate Students

Graduate Student Conference Funding

G.S.A. Graduate Student Conference Funding is financed by the Graduate Student Assembly, in collaboration with the Graduate Support Programs Office and the Provost's Office. The goal of the funding is to enable more Carnegie Mellon graduate students to 1) make presentations at key conferences/exhibitions in their fields or 2) simply attend conferences and learn about the broader field of study to which they belong. This award amount can be up to $500 per student. Read more.

Women@INI Conference Scholarships

The Women@INI scholarship program will award scholarships each year to students who show academic merit and proven leadership in Women@INI and other academic programs. These scholarships will allow recipients to attend conferences focusing on women in technology, such as the annual Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing.


The INI Leadership Award

This award honors a graduating INI student who has most noticeably demonstrated initiative, motivation, academic excellence and overall outstanding leadership qualities. The student should also have demonstrated the ability to balance his or her scholarship with his or her leadership and involvement. The award recipient receives an engraved award and a monetary honorarium.

The Frank J. Marshall Graduate Fellowship

The Frank J. Marshall Graduate Fellowship award of $14,500 is awarded annually to one incoming MSIS student.

Frank J. Marshall graduated from the Electrical and Computer Engineering program at Carnegie Mellon in 1969. He established the Frank J. Marshall Graduate Fellowship to provide support to outstanding students in the form of scholarships and awards.

Outstanding Student Services Award: Research Assistant

This award is intended to recognize a graduating INI student who has demonstrated exemplary performance and contribution as a Research Assistant. The award recipient receives an engraved award and a monetary honorarium. Honorable mentions receive letters of commendation.

Outstanding Student Services Award: Teaching Assistant

This award is intended to recognize a graduating INI student who has demonstrated exemplary performance and contribution as a Teaching Assistant. The award recipient receives an engraved award and a monetary honorarium. Honorable mentions receive letters of commendation.

See the INI's previous award recipients.

Other Financial Assistance

For additional information on other forms of financial support and how to apply for federal and/or alternative education loans, please visit the Carnegie Mellon Financial Aid department.