Information Assurance Center

NSF CyberCorps®: Scholarship for Service (SFS)

The NSF SFS program provides scholarships to qualified students to address the growing need for federal information assurance professionals to protect the government's critical information infrastructure. Arizona State University, a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education (CAE/IAE) and a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Research (CAE-R), has been awarded this scholarship program. The scholarship program supports two years of stipends, tuition and allowance for a Computer Science (CS) or Computer Systems Engineering (CSE) student in the Information Assurance Concentration Program at ASU. For outstanding students, the funding period may be extended to three years for doctoral students, or for students in combined bachelor's and master's degree ("five year") programs. Junior and senior undergraduate, master and Ph.D. students, who are US citizens, interested in the scholarships for concentrated studies in information assurance, and have GPA of at least 3.25 on a 4.0 scale, are encouraged to apply.

Scholarship Benefits

The recipient shall receive all of the following:

  1. Full-time tuition and education related fees (does not include items such as meal plans, housing, or parking)
  2. Health insurance reimbursement allowance up to $3,000 per year
  3. Professional development allowance (travel, professional certification etc.) up to $4,000 per academic year
  4. Book allowance up to $2,000 per academic year
  5. Stipend: $22,500 per year for undergraduate students and $34,000 per year for graduate students

Eligibility for scholarship

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

  1. United States citizen
  2. Current or prospective* full-time CS/CSE student with IA concentration at ASU
  3. Bachelor's or master's degree student within two years of graduation, combined bachelor's and master's degree ("five year") program student or Ph.D. student within three years of graduation
  4. Meet selection criteria for U.S. federal employment**

* Prospective student may apply for the SFS scholarship simultaneously with your admission in a CS/CSE program with IA Concentration at ASU.

** Internship placements and final job placements in government organizations typically require high-level security clearances and scholarship recipients are required to undergo the background investigation necessary to obtain such clearances as part of the job and/or internship application process.

Obligations for scholarship recipient

The recipient must agree to:

  1. Work immediately following graduation for the Federal Government or a State, Local, or Tribal Government in a position related to cybersecurity for a period equal to the length of the scholarship
  2. Participate in government internship positions in the summers during the years of scholarship study; doctoral students may be allowed to replace their summer internship with a research activity following a recommendation from their academic advisor and approval of the NSF program office
  3. Participate in other SFS activities, such as conferences, workshops, and seminars

Application materials

All applicants are required to submit the following items:

  1. Student application form, which can be downloaded [here]
  2. A resume including list of academic recognitions, awards, honors and distinctions that you have received
  3. Official transcript(s) from all of the colleges and universities that you have attended
  4. Two Letters of Reference from persons knowledgeable of your potential for successful learning, as well as your knowledge and ability in your previous work. At least one of these letters must be from a current faculty member, and the second letter may be from either a current or former faculty member, or a current or former employer. Each letter contains the name, position or title, telephone number, email address, and institutional or organizational address of the referee
  5. A short essay (no more than 2500 words) describing your:
    • Goals and motivations to pursue a career in Information Assurance
    • Leadership potential and commitment to service
    • Knowledge of the techniques of the Information Assurance
    • Ability to identify and analyze problems, distinguish between relevant and irrelevant information to make logical decisions, and provide solutions to individual and organizational problems
    • Ability to make clear and convincing oral presentations to individuals or groups; listens effectively and clarifies information as needed; facilitates an open exchange of ideas and fosters an atmosphere of open communication
    • Ability to express facts and ideas in writing in clear, convincing and organized manners appropriate to the audience and occasion

For questions and submission of applications, send to Professor Stephen S. Yau, e-mail address:

Information Assurance Scholarship Programs

  1. SFS: An Information and Systems Assurance Scholarship Program
    Sponsor: National Science Foundation
    Principal Investigator: Stephen S. Yau
    Co-Principal Investigators: Gail-Joon Ahn and Dijang Huang

  2. DoD Information Assurance Scholarship Program
    Sponsor: Department of Defence
    Principal Investigator: Stephen S. Yau
    Co-Principal Investigator: Gail-Joon Ahn