The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) provides scholarships for undergraduate students and fellowships for graduate students pursuing degrees in mission-relevant fields of study.

DHS Scholarship and Fellowship program is a highly competitive program designed to nurture the next generation of public service oriented scientists and engineers and encourage their long-term commitment to homeland security challenges.

  • Must be a U.S. citizen as of the application deadline.
  • Must have a cumulative undergraduate or graduate GPA of 3.3. or higher on a 4.0 scale.
  • Plan to pursue pursuing a doctoral or master's degree with a thesis requirement in the physical sciences, mathematical sciences, computer and information sciences, life sciences, social sciences, psychology, selected humanities, or engineering.
  • Must be college senior as of application deadline OR
  • Have previously earned a bachelor's degree but are not currently enrolled, and have completed no more than two graduate courses since completion of a bachelor's degree OR
  • Are enrolled in the first year of a PhD program as of application deadline

  • Have earned a master's or doctoral degree as of the application deadline.
  • Plan to pursue an MBA, MD, joint MD/PhD, JD or joint JD/PhD degree.

In addition to receiving full tuition, students participate in a 10-week summer research internship with a DHS office, DHS Research and Education University Center, DHS laboratory or National laboratory. The Fellowships provide full tuition and mandatory, nonrefundable fees as well as $2,300 per month stipend for 12 months. Scholars and Fellows are brought to Washington DC in November for an orientation meeting where they will have an opportunity to meet DHS leaders and scientific personnel from the homeland security research enterprise and participate in research internship fair.


Applications are evaluated by a panel of scientists and engineers who are experts in one or more of the supported fields, based on the student's academic record and submitted test scores, reference letters, proposed research essay and contribution to DHS essay.

  • January 31 – submit an electronic application form, including all essay questions February
  1. Two electronic reference report forms must be submitted by recommendation writers
  2. Official academic transcript from all postsecondary institutions must be submitted
  3. Official GRE General Test Scores submitted
    • GRE Subject Test Scores are recommended if a test is offered in your academic discipline.
  4. If you are a U.S. citizen by birth and do not have a U.S. passport, you must submit a copy of your birth certificate by February.

Visit the Department of Homeland Security Scholarship website for more information.

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