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USA SMART-STEM Scholarships for International students 2023.

    Brief description: 

The SMART (Science, Mathematics, and Research for Transformation) Scholarship Programme is financed by the Department of Defence and administered by the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE). It seeks to assist undergraduate and graduate students seeking degrees in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) sectors. The program offers financial help, internships, and post-graduation career prospects with the Department of Defence.

SMART Scholarships are very competitive and require candidates to fulfill strict qualifying criteria, such as being a US citizen, enrolled in an approved university, and maintaining a minimum GPA. The application process normally begins in the autumn, and accepted participants get assistance with tuition, stipends, and health insurance, among other things.

I.        Host Country:   USA 

II.      Eligible Country : 

  • You must be a citizen of the United States, AustraliaCanadaNew Zealand, or the United Kingdom.

III.     Level/Duration of Study :  

  • Undergraduate (Bachelor's ) Programs
  • Graduate (Master's and Ph.D.) programs

IV.        Taught Programs: 

V.        Scholarship Benefits:   

SMART Scholars are given the resources they need to further their STEM education and start a career in a coveted civilian role with the Department of Defence.

  • Full tuition and educational costs (meal plans, housing, and parking are not covered)
  • Stipends range from $30,000 to $46,000 a year, depending on degree level (and maybe prorated depending on award term).
  • Internships in summer research spanning from 8 to 12 weeks
  • Allowance for health insurance of up to $2,500 each academic year
  • Up to $1,000 in miscellaneous allowance every academic year

An experienced mentor at one of the Sponsoring Facilities Employment placements at a DoD facility upon completion of the degree.

VI.     Eligibility::

Who is eligible to apply?

The SMART application is open from August through December each year, with rewards given out the following spring.

All candidates must meet the following requirements

  • You must be a citizen of the United States, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, or the United Kingdom.
  • 18 years old or older as of August 1, 2024
  • Requesting at least one year of degree funding prior to graduation (which begins on the program start date), and being able to complete at least one summer internship (multi-year scholars only).
  • willing to take post-graduation work with the Department of Defence,
  • A student in good standing who is pursuing a technical undergraduate or graduate degree in one of the 24 STEM areas mentioned below, 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 areas mentioned below.
  • being able to show a fall 2023 college transcript from a regionally recognized US college or university, OR being studying a graduate degree at a regionally accredited US college or university.

Undergraduate applicants

  • Must be currently enrolled at a regionally accredited U.S. college or university
  • Must be able to produce a fall 2023 (or earlier) college transcript at the end of the term
  • AP coursework is not considered college credit

Graduate applicants

  • Can be either currently enrolled in a regionally accredited U.S. college or university or awaiting notification of admission
  • If awaiting admission, you must be accepted for entrance in the fall 2024 term

VII.        Eligible Coureses: 

The program focuses on students studying fields that are vital to the Department of Defense's (DoD) national security activities. The following is a list of the 24 certified STEM fields by SMART. These are generic umbrella subjects; individual candidate majors or courses of study may fall under one or more of these disciplines.

Please keep in mind that SMART does not authorize or sponsor non-technical degrees such as management, arts, or humanities.

  • Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Biosciences
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Chemistry
  • Civil Engineering
  • Cognitive, Neural, and Behavioral Sciences
  • Computer Science and Engineering
  • Cybersecurity
  • Data Science and Analytics
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Environmental Sciences
  • Geosciences
  • Industrial and Systems Engineering
  • Information Sciences
  • Materials Science and Engineering
  • Mathematics
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Naval Architecture and Ocean Engineering
  • Nuclear Engineering
  • Oceanography
  • Operations Research
  • Physics
  • Software Engineering

VIII.        Required Documents:

Mandatory Documents:

  • Photo (Passport Size, White Backgrounds
  • SMART  Application Form
  • Copy of valid Passport Home Page (Must be valid, not expired)
  • Degree Certificate
  • Transcripts/Mark sheets
  • Language qualification certificates. 
  • Research Proposal/Personal Statement
  • Recommendation letters from previous education institutes.
  • CV (Preferred Europass Format)
  • DoD employee supervisor letter.

Additional documents

  • Supervisor/Acceptance letter (mandatory in some universities)
  • Published Papers
  • Awards/Achievements/Participates
  • Experiences/Internships/Workshops

Ix.        How to apply?

Step-1: Prepare all required documents.

Step-2: Create an account on Portal.

Step-3: Fill online application.

Step-4: Upload all required documents.

Step-5: Wait for examinations or Interviews

Deadline: August to December 2023

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