Center of Excellence in Information Systems Assurance Research and Education




Deadline for Application: February 12, 2018

Application Forms:
PDF Document

Point's of Contact:
Larry Sanders

Shambhu Upadhyaya
Director, CEISARE
, UB

Other Links

Information Assurance Scholarship Program (IASP),
U.S. Department of Defense (DoD)

Application Forms: Download

Deadline: February 12, 2018


         Note the following with respect to this scholarship announcement

         What is Information Assurance?

         Summary of Eligibility

         Where to Apply, and by When?

o    Engineering and Mathematics Disciplines

o    Business Management or Administration, Law, Operations Research and Information Sciences

         University-Unique Supplementary Requirements

         Award Announcements

         Background and Requirements

Effective March 2002, the University at Buffalo (UB) has been designated as a Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education (CAEIAE) by the National Security Agency (NSA) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). Following  this recognition, UB won several grants to support full scholarships for graduate students seeking degrees and  graduate certificates in information assurance and cyber security disciplines.  The goal of this Information Assurance Scholarship Program is to support the development of information assurance and cyber security specialists within the Department of Defense (DoD). This opportunity is available to all citizens of United States.  

Based on our success in 2002-12, we are now soliciting applications from qualified students at the graduate level for academic year 2018-19. The qualifications and the steps to be taken to complete your application are described  below. The Scholarship, which pays for the full cost of tuition, select fees and books,  carries an additional stipend of $30,000 for graduate  students. Scholarship recipients will be required to participate in internships arranged by appointing DoD components during the  years they are receiving scholarship support. On successful completion of both academic degree and internship requirements,  the Student Trainees will be converted to permanent, full-time status as federal employees.

Note the following with respect to this scholarship announcement.

1. Since the grant is highly competitive, there are no guarantees on the number of available scholarships nor there is any assurance at this stage if UB will be awarded any scholarships.
The awards are contingent upon availability of funds.

2. Students who receive scholarships will be required to sign a written agreement obligating them to work for the Department of Defense, as a civilian employee, for one calendar year for each year, or partial year, for which scholarship assistance is received. Scholarship recipients will also be required to serve in internship positions with DoD organizations during the time they are receiving scholarship support until they complete the course of study provided for by the scholarship. Internships, for both scholarship recipients and non-scholarship recipients, will be arranged by DoD to occur during the summer or during breaks between school terms as appropriate to the individual's circumstances, the institution's calendar, and the structure of the employing component's student intern program. Internships will not count toward satisfying the period of obligated service incurred by accepting the Information Assurance scholarship.

What is Information Assurance?

For the purposes of this program, the term Information Assurance encompasses the scientific, technical, and management disciplines required to ensure computer and network security including the following functions:

         System/network administration and operations

         Systems security engineering

         Information assurance systems and product acquisition


         Threat and vulnerability assessment, to include risk management

         Web security

         Operations of computer emergency response teams

         Information assurance training, education and management

         Computer forensics

         Defensive information operations

         Critical information infrastructure assurance

Summary of Eligibility

Students from the academic disciplines, with concentrations in information assurance, would include, but are not limited to Mathematics, Biometrics, Electrical Engineering, Electronic Engineering, Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Software Engineering, Computer Programming, Computer Support, Data Base Administration, Computer Systems Analysis, Operations Research, Information Security (Assurance), and Business Management or Administration.

For graduate students, you must be starting your Masters program in fall 2018 (and should have obtained or have applied for admission to the graduate program) and should have a GPA of 3.2 or better in your undergraduate degree. All applicants must be citizens of the United States.

Where to Apply and by When?

You must send one (1) hardcopy original, one (1) paper copy of  your application along with the University-unique supplementary  document (see below) and one (1) CD-ROM copy (make sure that all the documents are in pdf format and the CD-ROM contains your transcripts and scanned versions of the  letters of recommendation and name your application directory as Last-Name_First-Name_Univeristy) by February 12, 2018 to either of the  following points of contact on campus:

Applicants in the
Engineering and Mathematics Disciplines should send the application package to:

Prof. Shambhu Upadhyaya
329 Davis Hall
Department of Computer Science and Engineering
University at Buffalo
Buffalo, New York 14260

Applicants in
Business Management or Administration, Law, Operations Research and Information Sciences should send the application package to:

Prof. G. Lawrence Sanders
325G Jacobs Hall
Department of Management Science and Systems
University at Buffalo
Buffalo, New York 14260

University-Unique Supplementary Requirements

In addition to the above application, the applicants are also required to provide the following two supplementary information:

(1) A cover letter containing the names of two references that  you will be using in the main application with at least one  from a current faculty member, and

(2) A statement of purpose (maximum one-page long) in which you  are required to give: (a) A summary of your vision of  Information Assurance and Cyber Security, (b) How this scholarship will help in  fulfilling your academic goals, and (c) How you can contribute  to solve the challenges faced by the nation in the area of  Information Assurance and Cyber Security.

You may find it useful to refer to published documents on the  Internet at the various sites such as Department of Defense, National Security Agency, National Institute for Standards and  Technology, Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency and National Science Foundation, to answer item (c) above. 

Each applicant is strongly recommended to have a meeting with either Prof. Upadhyaya or Prof. Sanders prior to completing the application package. Make sure that you have the PI initials on the cover page of your application before packaging and cutting your CD.


Award Announcement

Student awards will be announced in the May 2018 time-frame and grants will be awarded in the June 2018 time-frame.



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