College of Agriculture & Natural Resources

Department of Homeland Security Scholarships

Sponsor: Department of Homeland Security  |  Application Deadline: January 5, 2016

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Scholarship Description

Description: The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) realizes that the country’s strong science and technology community provides a critical advantage in the development and implementation of counter-terrorist measures and other DHS objectives. The DHS Scholarship and Fellowship Program is intended for students interested in pursuing the basic science and technology innovations that can be applied to the DHS mission. This education program is intended to ensure a highly talented science and technology community to achieve the DHS mission and objectives. Eligible students must be studying in a homeland security related science, technology, engineering and mathematics field.

Students should have DHS-mission relevant majors in Engineering, Life Sciences, Physical Sciences, Math, Computer & Information Sciences, Social Sciences

A 10-week, continuous, off-campus research internship at DHS or a DHS-affiliated facility will be required during the summer between your first and second year appointments. Internship placement will be coordinated through this program.

Program Preferences: Research Essay: The best essays demonstrate an ability to define a research problem relevant to the DHS mission and an understanding of how such a problem might be solved. However, since applicants are second year students, an essay that pays careful attention to defining a research interest that is relevant to the DHS mission can often succeed without much detail on how a research problem would be solved. These essays should contain only original thoughts or other properly attributed information.

Public Service Essay: Reviewers will look for evidence that the applicant is interested in a public service career relevant to homeland security. The best essays will demonstrate insight into the career that interests you, the steps you may take to achieve your goals, and indicate how the scholarship will contribute to your career goals. Reviewers also take note of unique life experiences and backgrounds that motivate you to succeed in making the homeland safe and secure.

Service Obligation: A one-year, full-time service requirement in a relevant HS-STEM field will be required. The work done during this service must be applicable to one of the 16 homeland security research areas. The one-year service commitment may be served at a DHS-approved STEM venue—including universities—immediately following the term of the scholarship. The service requirement can be postponed to complete the final degree requirements, but must be completed within two years of your final stipend payment.

Award Amount: Full tuition and mandatory, nonrefundable fees paid; $1,000/month for 9 months during the academic year; $5,000 for the 10-week summer internship.

Duration: Appointments are for two years given satisfactory academic progress and availability of funding.

Contact Information

Francis DuVinage, Ph.D

2403 Marie Mount Hall
University of Maryland
College Park, MD 20742
United States

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