CyberCorps: Scholarships for Service (SFS) Program

SFS Scholarships in Cybersecurity and Information Assurance
V.N. Venkatakrishnan and Robert Sloan

Scholarships for Service  is an NSF-funded program designed to train qualified professionals in cybersecurity and information assurance and increase the number and diversity of government professionals in these areas. This program supports undergraduate and graduate US citizen students during the course of their studies and provides excellent working opportunities in the federal government after graduation.

The Computer Science Department in collaboration with the IGERT in Electronic Security and Privacy (ESP-IGERT) has obtained several SFS scholarships for its undergraduate students. Students who are awarded these scholarships will receive financial support. 

Benefits (renewable for a total scholarship time of up to two years, subject to satisfactory progress)

  • Full tuition and fees waivers
  • Stipend of $22,500/year for undergraduate students and $34,000/year for graduate students
  • Professional development support of $4,000/year to pay for travel to federal job fairs and conferences
  • Book Allowance of $2,000/year


  • US citizenship or a lawful permanent resident of the United States; meet criteria for Federal employment; and -- be able to obtain a security clearance, if required.
  • Must be a full time undergraduate student with computer science major in the CS department at University of Illinois at Chicago within three years of graduation

Further Requirements

  • Must commit to working for a federal agency after graduation for a period of time equal to the length of support (federal requirement for scholarship recipients)
  • Must commit to focus coursework on computing security with required courses and activities including CS 487 and 450 and others to be announced shortly
  • Must commit to go at the annual federal job fair and conferences organized by the SFS program (Expenses paid by program).

Application Deadlines

Fall Semester: September 5
Spring Semester: November 10

Application Procedure

To apply, you must submit a letter and current (unofficial) transcript. The letter must state:
  • That it is an application for SFS Scholarship in Computer Security
  • That you are a US citizen
  • The number of credit hours you've completed prior to this semester
  • The number of full time semesters until you will graduate
  • The overall GPA and the GPA in Computer Science
  • A six semester or shorter plan of courses that leads to graduation
  • The name of at least one faculty reference
Email the application letter and transcripts to our email at:

For more information about the federal SFS program that awarded these scholarships to the CS Department, visit the webpage at CyberCorps: Federal Cyber Service: Scholarship for Service  and write to us at