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NSF provides scholarships for next generation cybersecurity experts

CyberCorps SFS supports the development of a robust and resilient cybersecurity workforce and addresses the unique challenges of recruiting and retaining cybersecurity professionals for careers serving in local, state, federal or tribal governments. The US National Science Foundation CyberCorps Scholarship for Service program is providing more than $29 million in new funding to nine universities in 2023.

NSF Director Sethuraman Panchanathan commnets: "Cybersecurity is one of the most important issues confronting society in the information age. As our reliance on the national cyberspace evolves, so does the complexity of the cyber threats we face. It is imperative that we support the development of a strong cybersecurity workforce to ensure we can all benefit from secure and trustworthy cyberspace." 

New grantees will join the existing 89 academic institutions currently part of the NSF CyberCorps SFS program across 39 states that now include Kentucky, Oregon and Wisconsin, as well as the District of Columbia and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico. NSF’s investment will increase the size and strength of the nation's cybersecurity workforce, which is critical to national security, and will address the demand for dedicated cybersecurity professionals, particularly in government organisations.

The CyberCorps SFS program plays a critical role in the U.S. national strategy for the cybersecurity workforce. Since the program’s inception, more than 4220 students have graduated from the program and have gone on to become experts in cybersecurity.

Awardees will focus on interdisciplinary cybersecurity, ethics and strategy, developing the cybersecurity workforce of tomorrow, and emerging disciplines like artificial intelligence and next generation wireless. The ambitious projects these awardees undertake will shape the current and future cybersecurity workforce and landscape.

2023 awardees:

CyberCorps Scholarship for Service: Cybersecurity Talent Development in Kentucky, University of Louisville (new state and EPSCoR state)

CyberCorps Scholarship for Service: Excellence, Ethics, and Strategic Thinking, Robert Morris University

CyberCorps Scholarship for Service: Interdisciplinary Cybersecurity and Cyber Forensics, Sam Houston State University (MSI)

CyberCorps Scholarship for Service: Accelerating Cybersecurity Education, Scholarship and Service, University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth

CyberCorps Scholarship for Service: Expanding the Cybersecurity Workforce and Curriculum Assessment Methods in the State of Wisconsin, Marquette University (new state)

CyberCorps Scholarship for Service: Cybersecurity Research and Education for Service in Government, University of South Florida

CyberCorps Scholarship for Service: Graduating Workforce-Ready Cybersecurity Professionals, Wichita State University (EPSCoR state)

CyberCorps Scholarship for Service: The Bulldog Cyber Scholarship, Bowie State University (HBCU)

CyberCorps Scholarship for Service: A Clinical Rotation Approach to Professional Cybersecurity Workforce Development, Oregon State University (new state)

Awardees are selected from a nationwide cadre of institutions with innovative interdisciplinary programs in cybersecurity education and professional development. The planned projects will support the education, recruitment and development of future cybersecurity professionals.

The awardees will be recognised during the CyberCorps® SFS Job Fair opening ceremony on January 11, 2023. More information about the NSF CyberCorps Scholarships for Service program can be found at


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