The SMART Scholarship Program was established by Congress to strengthen the DoD science and technology workforce with highly skilled science and engineering professionals. This unique and prestigious program provides scholarships, which include tuition and stipend support to undergraduate and graduate students pursuing degrees in the technical fields listed in the overview of the funding opportunity. While in school, participants perform research as summer interns at DoD laboratories and return to those laboratories after graduation to complete a period of obligated employment service. This provides scholars with a unique opportunity to perform research in their respective area of interest that they would not have otherwise been able to do. The post-graduation employment commitment is equal to or greater than the amount of time the student received scholarship funding under this program. The Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering (OASD(R&E))/Research Directorate (RD) manages the SMART Scholarship Program.
Successful applicants come from all areas of study, from STEM to Visual and Performing Arts. Eligibility requirements are that they hold a bachelor’s degree at the time of starting their grant period and are US citizens. Grants typically include funding for round-trip travel, living expenses and healthcare benefits.
Students who will be graduating from Michigan Tech by Spring 2018, and are interested in going abroad to pursue a graduate degree, do an independent research or arts project, or teach English, should start thinking about the program now, as it takes several months to put together a competitive application. Michigan Tech’s internal deadline is Monday, Sept. 25.
If you or your students are interested in learning more, contact Michigan Tech’s Fulbright Program Adviser, Helen Halt, in the International Programs and Services office at 7-1218.
Additional information can be found on the Fulbright website.