Illinois Cyber Security Scholars Program (ICSSP)

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With cyber crimes on the rise and a shortage of professionals, cyber security is a field that offers great career opportunities. Now, qualified students have the opportunity to follow a career in the government for two years as a security professional, be part of a University program focused in this area, pay no tuition, and receive a generous stipend through the Illinois Cyber Security Scholars Program (ICSSP), a CyberCorps Scholarship for Service (SFS) program. ICSSP is recruiting qualified Grainger College of Engineering and School of Information Science students who are planning on specializing in cybersecurity and privacy.

To be eligible to apply, you must be:

  • An admitted full time undergraduate or graduate student on the Urbana-Champaign campus.
  • A citizen of the United States of America or permanent resident.
  • College of Engineering undergraduate or graduate student with a focus on cyber or information security and privacy, or a School of Information Science graduate student admitted to the MSIM or Ph.D. degree program.
  • Undergraduate applicants must be within 4 semesters of completing their degree.
  • Transfer students are eligible to apply after they have been admitted to the College of Engineering and have completed at least one semester on campus.
The application period for scholarships beginning in Fall 2024 has closed. Check back in early 2025 to apply for scholarships beginning Fall 2025. To learn more, visit the ICSSP website. For more information about this program at the national level, visit the Scholarship for Service website.