CyberCorps Scholarship for Service

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.

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

About the Scholarship

The 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:

Scholarship Benefits

  • Pay $0 tuition and education-related fees;
  • Receive a stipend of $27,000 per year for undergraduate programs or $37,000 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:

  • 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;
  • Meet selection criteria for United States federal employment;
    • Applicants should be eligible for a Security Clearance
  • Applicants must meet the following GPA requirements:
    • 3.0+ for undergraduate applicants; or
    • 3.4+ for graduate applicants;
  • Current or prospective students in the following degree programs at the University of Cincinnati:
    • School of Information Technology (CECH)
      • B.S. in Cybersecurity (only open to rising junior students)
      • M.S. in Information Technology
      • Ph.D. in Information Technology
    • Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (CEAS)
      • B.S. in Computer Engineering
      • B.S. in Computer Science
      • B.S. in Electrical Engineering
      • B.S. in Electrical Engineering Technology
      • Master of Engineering (MEng) in Computer Engineering
      • Master of Engineering (MEng) in Computer Science
      • M.S. in Computer Engineering
      • M.S. in Computer Science
      • Ph.D. in Computer Science & Engineering
    • Department of Political Science (College of Arts & Sciences)
      • B.A. in Political Science
      • B.A. in International Affairs
      • B.A. in Law and Society
      • M.A. in Political Science
      • Ph.D. in Political Science

*Veterans are encouraged to apply

Want to know more?

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