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Department of Defense Cyber Scholarship Program (CySP)

Given our increasing reliance on cybersecurity, information technology (IT), the growing threats to information, and information systems and infrastructures, it is critical that the Department of Defense (DoD) protect itself. To do so, the DoD must be staffed with technically savvy personnel.

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To help achieve this task, the DoD Cyber Scholarship Program (DoD CySP)
was established. The DoD CySP is sponsored by the DoD Chief Information Office and administered by the National Security Agency (NSA).

Please read all details below regarding the CySP, application process, scholarship requirements and work commitment. If you are intending to apply or have additional questions about the program, please contact Alper Yayla, director of cybersecurity programs, at

Application Deadline: Feb. 1, 2024

Application Link:

About CySP

The Department of Defense (DoD) Cyber Scholarship Program (CySP) is authorized by Chapter 112 of title 10, United States Code, Section 2200. The purpose of the program is to support the recruitment of new cyber talent and the retention of current highly skilled professionals within the DoD cyber workforce. Additionally, this program serves to enhance the national pipeline for the development of cyber personnel by providing grants to institutions of higher education. The DoD Cyber and Digital Services Academy (DCDSA) will partner with the DoD CySP/DCDSA in 2024.

Benefits of the CySP program:

  • Provides students the opportunity to learn first-hand and contribute to securing our nation against the threat of information systems and networks,
  • Affords the opportunity for consideration for full-time employment after graduation and completion of the program, and
  • Receive progressive, hands-on experience through structured internships with select DoD Components during academic breaks.