Scholarship for Service Program

Focused on information assurance education, the CyberCorps® Scholarship for Service (SFS) program gives students scholarship funds in exchange for service in the federal government for a period equivalent to the length of their scholarship, typically two years. As a result of the SFS program, federal agencies are able to select from a highly qualified pool of student applicants for internships and permanent positions.

The SFS program is funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and co-sponsored by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).

The INI's M.S. in Information Security (MSIS) program meets the SFS criteria: Admissions for MSIS

Dr. Dena Haritos Tsamitis serves as Principle Investigator (PI) for the SFS program at Carnegie Mellon University. The PI oversees and makes all decisions for the SFS program at Carnegie Mellon, including, but not limited to: the selection of award recipients, programmatic oversight and approval of job offers.

Benefits to SFS ParticipantsCyberCorps Scholarship for Service

  • Full tuition scholarship
  • Academic stipend of $34,000 per academic year effective August 2016 (on internships, students are paid by the agency). 
Learn more about SFS Funding and Costs.




Hometown: Goshen, Indiana
Program: Information Security
Recruited by: Sandia National Laboratories
Organizations: Scholarship for Service, Women@INI

"If you're interested in security or in networking, the INI is a perfect fit because you get hands-on experience. There are so many people that you can use as resources who can help you with your degree program. I think it also prepares you a lot better than other universities can just because of the diversity, the faculty, outside facilities and resources. It's just an amazing program. You couldn't go wrong."

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Eligibility Requirements for the SFS Program 

The SFS program provides full financial assistance to a few highly qualified candidates each year who satisfy the following requirements: 

  • U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident*
  • Accepted into the MSIS Program
  • Eligible for federal employment 
  • Able to obtain a security clearance
*Security clearances, and many federal agencies, require U.S. citizenship. It is the recipient's responsibility to attain such a position in state, local, tribal or territorial governments given these limitations. 

Obligations to the Federal Government 

Recipients of the SFS must:

  • Complete the degree program successfully and on time; 
  • Complete a summer internship with a participating federal agency; and
  • Fulfill a two-year commitment post-graduation working for a federal agency**. 
**Positions in state, local, tribal or territorial governments may be allowed. 

Learn more about SFS Places to Work

Carnegie Mellon CyLab

Carnegie Mellon CyLab administers the SFS grant. The CyLab website provides comprehensive information about the SFS program for prospective and current MSIS students. To learn more, please visit the CyLab website.

SFS Application Process

All eligible students admitted to the MSIS program will be contacted directly, via email, with SFS application information, deadlines and instructions. 

Additional Contact Information

Prospective Students

Please request program information from the Admissions office via:

Current Carnegie Mellon SFS students:

Please contact Linda Whipkey, Administrative Associate of the Information Networking Institute.

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