CyberCorps® Scholarship for Service (SFS)

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To support the U.S. National Cyber Strategy, the CyberCorps®: Scholarship for Service (SFS) program is funded by the National Science Foundation to develop a superior cybersecurity workforce at institutions of higher education. All scholarship recipients must work after graduation for a federal, state, local, or tribal government organization in a position related to cybersecurity for a period equal to the duration of the scholarship.

University of Cincinnati is privileged to receive a $4M SFS grant from 2021 to 2026. The award was based on UC’s outstanding national impact on cybersecurity education.  It was truly a university-wide effort to grow the cybersecurity programs across campus in three colleges and increase the enrollment in cyber-related degrees by ten-fold in the past decade. UC’s SFS scholarship will be available to students pursuing bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees at the following UC departments:

SFS Scholarship Benefits

  • Pay $0 tuition and education-related fees;
  • Receive a stipend of $25,000 per year for undergraduate programs or $34,000 per year for graduate programs;
  • Receive additional professional development allowance up to $6,000 per academic year. Students can use this fund for travel, professional certification preparation, books, purchasing or renting equipment, or other expenses upon approval; and
  • Receive personalized academic advising, open to unique government internship and job opportunities, SFS community supports through the study at UC.


To be eligible for consideration for the SFS scholarship, the student must meet all of the following requirements:

1. United States citizen or lawful permanent resident;

  • If you are a permanent resident, you must have a clear plan of obtaining United States citizenship before graduation;

2. Meet selection criteria for United States federal employment;

  • You must have a clear plan of obtaining a security clearance before graduation;

3. Applicants must meet the following GPA requirements:

  • 3.0+ for undergraduate applicants; or
  • 3.5+ for graduate applicants;

4. Current students in the following degree programs at the University of Cincinnati:

  • School of Information Technology (CECH)

                  i.    B.S. in Information Technology
                 ii.    B.S. in Cybersecurity (only open to rising junior students)
                iii.    M.S. in Information Technology
                iv.    Ph.D. in Information Technology

  • Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (CEAS)

                  i.    B.S. in Computer Engineering
                 ii.    B.S. in Computer Science
                iii.    Master of Engineering (MEng) in Computer Engineering
                iv.    Master of Engineering (MEng) in Computer Science
                 v.    M.S. in Computer Engineering
                vi.    M.S. in Computer Science
               vii.    Ph.D. in Computer Science & Engineering

  • Department of Political Science (College of Arts & Sciences)

                  i.    B.A. in Political Science
                 ii.    B.A. in International Affairs
                iii.    B.A. in Law and Society
                iv.    M.A. in Political Science
                 v.    Social Justice Master’s of Public Administration (SJMPA)
                vi.    Ph.D. in Political Science

Applicants should view and submit all required items through the online SFS application portal below.

Want to know more?

For any questions regarding the SFS application process, please contact Josh Kremer.

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Josh Kremer

Program Coordinator, School of Information Technology

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For any questions regarding the SFS program requirements and details or the Center for Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education (CAE-CD), please contact Dr. Chengcheng Li.

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Chengcheng Li, Ph.D

Associate Professor, School of Information Technology

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