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Eligibility and Area of Consideration Including Clearance Requirements

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Who Can Apply?

  • Civilians who do not currently work for the DoD
  • Non-active-duty military personnel

Minimum Eligibility For Scholarship And Appointment

To be eligible for the Information Assurance Scholarship Program (IASP), you must meet all of the following minimum requirements:

  1. You must be 18 years of age or older.
  2. You must be a citizen of the United States at the time of application. Note, if family members are not U.S. Citizens, some DoD Agencies may be unable to process the applicant (student) to the security clearance level required. Every effort will be made to assign eligible students at an Agency without such restrictions.
  3. You must be enrolled (or accepted for enrollment) in one of the identified CAE/IAE colleges or universities listed in this announcement, or enrolled (or accepted for enrollment) at an institution selected by a CAE/IAE as a collaborative partner for these purposes.
  4. You must have completed (or will by the application deadline have completed) at a minimum the first two years of an undergraduate degree program and be eligible to (a) begin either the third or fourth years of an undergraduate degree program; (b) begin the first or second year of a master’s degree program; (c) pursue doctoral studies; or (d) complete a graduate certificate program in information assurance.
  5. You must be pursuing a course of study and/or have a declared major in one of the scientific, technical or managerial disciplines related to computer and network security, with a concentration in an information assurance function.
    1. For these purposes, the scientific, technical and managerial disciplines related to computer and network security are:
      • Biometrics
      • Business Management or Administration
      • Computer Crime Investigations
      • Computer and Computer Information Science
      • Computer Engineering
      • Computer Programming
      • Computing Systems Analysis
      • Cyber Operations
      • Database Administration
      • Data Management
      • Digital and Multimedia Forensics
      • Electrical Engineering
      • Electronics Engineering
      • Information Security (Assurance)
      • Network Management
      • Mathematics
    1. For these purposes, the information assurance functions are:
      • Computer Forensics
      • Computer Information Systems
      • Critical Information Infrastructure Assurance
      • Cryptography
      • Information Assurance Systems and Product Acquisition
      • Information Assurance Training, Education and Management
      • Network Administration and Operations
      • Operations of Computer Emergency Response Teams
      • Systems Security Engineering
      • Threat and Vulnerability Assessment, to include Risk Management
      • Web Security
  1. See the Web page information below, which provides more information about fulfilling the necessary security requirements. Failure to be able to obtain a security clearance is grounds for dismissal from the DoD IASP. You must be able to obtain the required security clearance for the position selected.

    You may be required to undergo certain tests, including drug and polygraph tests, to obtain and maintain a clearance. Before you may be awarded a scholarship or hired by DoD, you will be required to complete certain forms to initiate the security clearance process.

    Some of these forms will require that you reveal extensive information about your background, such as potentially sensitive information about your financial circumstances and any arrests and/or convictions for offenses of any kind. You must agree to all of these conditions of employment and you must complete these forms as a condition of financial assistance and appointment.
    1. Current Web pages from the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) are provided below. These are provided for your review and consideration in determining whether you will be eligible for a security clearance. They may not be all inclusive, however, it is highly recommended that you review and understand the requirements prior to signing up to participate in the DoD IASP.
    2. The following Web pages contains additional information from other Web sites about security clearances, which also may be useful when determining whether you will be eligible for a security clearance. This is for informational purposes only:
  1. Your school must recommend you for scholarship.

Area of Consideration

The Area of Consideration for the Information Assurance Scholarship Program consists of rising Junior and Senior undergraduate, master, doctorate and graduate-level certificate program students who are enrolled (or accepted for enrollment) at CAE colleges and universities.

Each CAE/IAE may select additional institutions of higher education as collaborating partners in implementation of the Information Assurance Scholarship Program. Students enrolled, or accepted for enrollment, at the collaborating institutions are also within the Area of Consideration. The identity of collaborating partner institutions, if any, must be obtained from the CAE/IAEs.

Each CAE/IAE has designated a campus liaison, or Principal Investigator (P.I.), for Information Assurance Scholarship Program management and administration. Jennifer Hull is the liaison and Dr. Amjad Ali is the P.I. for the IASP at UMUC.