WHAT ARE CYBER SECURITY GRANTS?
Cyber security grants are “free money” for college. Free means you do not have to repay the funds like you do a loan. Grants in cyber security can be used to prevent and with stand cyber attacks from hackers and viruses, and other cyber threats.
Cyber sec is one of the fastest growing occupations. As such, schools are competing to open new degree programs in order to prep students for a career in the field. And, the government is also sponsoring new initiatives to develop a skilled cyber work force. So there are plenty of cyber sec grants available for higher education institutions.
HOW TO APPLY FOR A CYBER SECURITY GRANT?
To apply for a cyber security grant, you need to qualify. Then if you are eligible, you fill out an application.
Before you jump into filling out the application, you should spend time comparing your capabilities to the eligibility and tech requirements in the application instructions. The application process can be lengthy, but it is critical when considering the importance of carrying out government related work and the competition you may face for funding.
While the steps vary depending on the type of grant you are applying for, some parts of the planning process include developing your ideas, conducting research, writing your proposal, and completing the application.
WHY SHOULD I APPLY FOR CYBER SECURITY GRANTS?
A cyber sec grant can be useful if your goal is to earn a four year degree. The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) reports that the cost of an info sec degree is $6,826. If you study in state at a public college. Or $28,890 if you choose a private school out of state.
TOP CYBER SECURITY GRANTS FOR 2020
We curated a list of the cyber security grants for 2020. Make sure to check deadlines and apply early!
Top Cyber Security Grants
You must be a US Citizen, National, or permanent resident alien to apply. This award is only for students pursuing graduate level research in STEM fields.
Winners are able to pursue research at a US government lab or school of their choice. 42 past fellows have gone on to become Nobel Laureates in STEM fields.
Deadline: October 22
The State Council of Higher Education for Virginia offers a Cyber Security Public Service Grant. It aims to help recent graduates of Virginia schools who have degrees in cyber security.
To do this, the Council partners with approved public and private colleges and businesses. Then provides up to $20,000 in combined state and employer match benefits. Grants are renewable for up to 3 years.
If this interests you, you must reside within Virginia during the period of employment in which the contract is in force.
And, must begin full time employment within one year of graduation from an accredited Virginia institution of higher education. Or within one year of separation from active duty service in the US Armed Forces.
For students who will pursue a doctorate in a designated national security related discipline.
Applicants may be in the last year of undergrad (and accepted into a doctoral program). Or they can be up to two years into graduate work.
Participants work on research at a Dept of Defense lab for one summer during award time frame.
Applicants enter through their participating school. Must study an info assurance field at bachelors – PhD levels.
Stipend time frame requires work at a government agency. That could also be a Federally Funded Research and Development Center. Stipends are renewable. Need security clearance for employment/internship. An internship of 10 weeks is also required during stipend period.
Deadline: Differs based on schools
Winners work for 10 weeks in the summer. They work at one of 36 Department of the Navy Research Labs in technical and engineering roles. Stipend amounts vary based on degree level.
Deadline: Differs by school
Start as a civilian or service member. For undergraduate through doctoral students in information assurance academic disciplines. Separate programs are available for those in the military and civilians in school.
Must complete 1 year of service in the civil or military branch for every year of the scholarship. For service members, no more than 4 years of service in exchange for funding.
Deadline: Differs by school