Department of Homeland Security Graduate School Fellowship Program

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Department of Homeland Security Graduate School Fellowship Program

The US Department of Homeland (DHS) security offers scholarships for graduate students through the DHS Scholarship and Fellowship Program. Applicants must be pursuing a Master's or Doctoral degree that has a thesis or dissertation requirement within the following disciplines: Computer and Information Sciences, Engineering, Life Sciences, Mathematical Sciences, Physical Sciences, Psychology, the Social Sciences.

Awards are made for a period of up to three years (pending funding availability and satisfactory academic progress), and cover all tuition and mandatory fees for recipients and provide a year-round stipend.

Eligibility Requirements Include:

  • Willingness to accept employment with DHS (should such be offered) following completion of highest degree
  • Must be enrolled as full-time student at accredited institution of higher learning in the US or its territories
  • Participation in a 10-week externship at the Department of Homeland Security or an affiliated facility during the summer following the first year of award
Applications are reviewed by a panel of experts within the supported fields. Candidates are rated based on:

  • Academic performance
  • References
  • GRE scores
  • Student written essays (research experience, research interests, professional goals)
  • Potential to contribute to DHS



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