DoD SMART Scholarship Program

Applying for a STEM scholarship? You’ve come to the right place. This is everything you need to know about the Science, Mathematics, and Research for Transformation (SMART) Scholarship-For-Service Program Application Process.

The SMART Scholarship-for-Service Program offers two scholarships for STEM students – the SMART Scholarship and the Ronald V. Dellums Memorial SMART Scholarship (Dellums SMART Scholarship). Applicants who are currently enrolled in a college or university or can produce a college transcript may be eligible for the SMART Scholarship. High school and other applicants who cannot produce a college transcript may be eligible for the Dellums SMART Scholarship. To learn more about the eligibility requirements of each opportunity, visit the Eligibility page. To learn more about the SMART Scholarship, visit About SMART, to learn more about the Dellums SMART Scholarship visit the About Dellums.

The SMART Program accepts applications annually from August 1 to December 1. All applicants are required to submit applications online by December 1 at 5:00 p.m. EST. Supporting materials, such as references forms, must be received by December 1 at 5:00 p.m. EST. Traditionally, applicants are notified of their award in the spring. Application materials are not returned to applicants. The following information may be useful in planning and preparing your application packet.


December 1, 2023

Review the below scholarship requirements to ensure you are eligible to apply for this life-changing opportunity.
The SMART application is open August through December of every year, with awards being granted the following spring.

All applicants must be:

a citizen of the United States, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, or United Kingdom at time of application,
18 years of age or older as of August 1, 2024
requesting at least 1 year of degree funding prior to graduation (which starts at the program start date),
able to complete at least one summer internship (multi-year scholars only)
willing to accept post-graduation employment with the DoD,
a student in good standing with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale,
pursuing a technical undergraduate or graduate degree in one of the 24 STEM disciplines listed below,
able to produce a fall 2023 college transcript from a regionally accredited US college or university, OR be pursuing a graduate degree at a regionally accredited US college or university.
Active duty military members who wish to apply for the SMART Scholarship must be separated or on terminal leave on or before August 1, 2024 to be eligible. Reserve and National Guard members are eligible to apply. Current ROTC participants with a future service commitment are not eligible to apply.