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Information Assurance Scholarship Program

The Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Networks and Information Integration annually announces a Department of Defense Information Assurance Scholarship Program (IASP) grant and scholarship competition.

The program is designed to:

  • Increase the number of new entrants to DoD who possess key Information Assurance (IA) and IT skill sets.
  • Serve as a mechanism to build the nation’s IA infrastructure through grants to colleges and universities jointly designated by the National Security Agency (NSA) and Department of Homeland Defense as Centers of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education.
  • Serve as a tool to develop and retain well-educated military and DoD civilian personnel who support the Department’s critical IT management and infrastructure protection functions.

AFIT Opportunities for DOD Civilian and Military Members:

Civilian employees and military officers may apply for a master's or doctoral degree program at the Air Force Institute of Technology (AFIT)at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio; enlisted personnel may apply for a master's degree. The degrees will be taken entirely at AFIT. Both the master's and doctoral degree programs offer degrees in Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering, and Computer Science; the master's program also includes an Information Resources Management degree option. All degrees have specialization in Information Assurance and also result in NSTISSI 4011 and CNSSI 4012 certificates for the graduates.

AFIT Eligibility Requirements:

Civilian and military applicants may be of any grade. Applicants to the MS degree program must have an appropriate bachelor's degree with a minimum GPA of 3.0 or equivalent; doctoral applicants must have a minimum GPA of 3.5 or equivalent. Minimum GRE scores for all applicants are 156 verbal/163 quantitative. Minimum clearance level for AFIT students is Secret (or students must be eligible to apply for Secret clearance upon acceptance to the school).

How to Apply for IASP:

The DoD Components will nominate qualified civilian employees and military personnel for IA Scholarship opportunities. Civilian employees are to contact their Component training offices regarding procedures to apply for this educational opportunity. Military officers interested in the program should contact their Service's point of contact for officer professional development and must have their community manager's permission to participate in the program. Enlisted participation requires appropriate endorsement from cognizant enlisted personnel managers. Enlisted participation varies by Service.

Visit the U.S.Department of Defense: Chief Information Officer website for additional information.


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Last updated: 08 Aug 2017
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