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Science, Mathematics and Research for Transformation

Submission Date

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Program Description

The Science, Mathematics and Research for Transformation (SMART) Scholarship for Service Program has been established by the Department of Defense (DoD) to support undergraduate and graduate students pursuing degrees in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) disciplines. The program aims to increase the number of civilian scientists and engineers working at DoD laboratories.

Eligibility Requirements

  • A U.S. citizen
  • 18 years of age or older
  • Able to participate in summer internships at DoD laboratories
  • 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 (as calculated by the SMART application)
  • Pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree in one of the disciplines listed on the Eligibility and STEM Disciplines page


A SMART Program participant may not accept simultaneous remuneration from another major scholarship. Other major awards are defined as: a) funding from any other federal scholarship, fellowship, grant or funding source excluding federally funded student loans and/or salary supplements provided by DoD agencies to DoD retention awardees and, b) Other scholarships, fellowships or grants exceeding $5,000 total per academic year.

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