UMBC Center for Information Security and Assurance

UMBC Center for Information Security and Assurance (CISA)

A National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education and Research

UMBC to host SFS Spring Meeting Friday May 19

SFS students from PGCC and Montgomery College will present the results of their spring 2017 work solving IT security problems for their county governments. Also, learn about the UMBC SFS summer study research problem. 9am-1pm in ITE 456. Free and open to the public.

UMBC Offers SFS Scholarships and Possible IASP scholarships!

We are accepting applications for possible IASP and SFS scholarships to UMBC. For possible IASP scholarships starting fall 2017, applciations are due 12noon May 15, 2017. For possible SFS scholarships starting fall 2018, applications are due Novermber 15, 2017.

Through the academic year 2016-2017, UMBC will have supported a total of 27 cybersecurity students at the BS, MS, MPS, and PhD levels in CS and related fields (CE, EE, IS, Cyber). Each scholarship is for the final two years (3 years for PhD and combined BS/MS). Interested full-time degree students should contact Dr. Alan Sherman and visit the scholarship page.

Each SFS scholarship covers full tuition, fees, travel, books, and academic year stipend of $32,500 for PhD, $32,500 for MS/MPS, and $24,000 for BS. Applicants must be US citizens or lawful permanent residents capable of obtaining a SECRET or TOP SECRET clearance. Each scholar must work for the federal, state, local, or tribal government (for pay) for one year for each year of award. SFS is an exclusive award: each recipient must decline all other awards.

We are currently in the process of submitting a proposal to renew our five-year grant. At this time, we cannot promise the availability of funds to support new students. We hope to be able to support new students beginning in fall 2018.

We hold 2-3 scholarship competition rounds each year (with applications due mid November, early February, and sometimes also in May). For SFS scholarships starting fall 2016, we added one final special round with deadline August 15, 2016. This was the last scholarship application competition under the current grant.

Applications to be received by Dr. Alan Sherman in ITE 325. All applications must be submitted in paper form with official transcripts and signed original letters on letterhead — no staples, folders, or binders. All applications must use the following cover sheet.

See for SFS details.