Deadline for Application: February 12, 2018
Assurance Scholarship Program (IASP),
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Deadline: February 12, 2018
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. The awards are
contingent upon availability of funds.
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.
· 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
(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.