National Science Foundation CyberCorps® Scholarship For Service

National Science Foundation logoAs cyberspace increases in complexity, it is becoming increasingly important to develop a cybersecurity workforce ready to address the challenges of this complex and multi-faceted environment. A skilled cybersecurity workforce is crucial to developing a secure cyberspace and maintaining the nation’s global competitiveness, ensuring the United States’ economic vitality.

Our project

With funding from the National Science Foundation CyberCorps(R) Scholarship for Service program, this project at the University of Nevada, Reno aims to educate students with the critical knowledge and skills needed to develop, operate, administer, maintain, and defend an increasingly dynamic cyberspace. Towards this end, the project will build on synergistic collaboration among multiple disciplines affiliated with the University’s Cybersecurity Center.

Our goal

A key project outcome is the development of the next generation of cybersecurity professionals who can bring an interdisciplinary approach that integrates attention to technical, political, legal and behavioral issues into a practical, secure and dependable cyberspace. The project will draw on students from a host of diverse backgrounds, with particular emphasis on recruiting and retaining groups who are underrepresented in the cybersecurity workforce such as women, first-generation/low-income students and veterans.

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Program overview

The University is designated a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense (CAE-CD) by the National Security Agency in cooperation with the Department of Homeland Security.  The University provides cybersecurity education opportunities for students with diverse backgrounds to become cybersecurity professionals and help protect the safety and security of our nation’s cyberspace.

This project is supported by the CyberCorps(R) Scholarship for Service (SFS) program, which funds proposals establishing or continuing scholarship programs in cybersecurity and aligns with the U.S. National Cyber Strategy to develop a superior cybersecurity workforce. Following graduation, scholarship recipients are required to work in cybersecurity for a federal, state, local or tribal government organization for the same duration as their scholarship support.

According to NSF SFS program requirement, at least 80% of the scholarship recipients must go to federal executive branches, while no more than 20% of the scholarship recipients may be placed in a non-executive federal agency; state, local or tribal government organization; National Laboratories; or Federally Funded Research and Development Centers.