Defense and Security Collaborations

Department of Defense Student Opportunities

The Department of Defense (DoD) maintains student programs to promote research in the service labs. Students applying for these programs may choose sponsorship from any of the services: Air Force/Space Force, Army, or Navy/Marine Corps.

  • The National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellowship Program (NDSEG) provides graduate fellowships for up to three (3) years to study and to conduct research in a specified area.
  • The Science, Mathematics, and Research for Transformation (SMART) Scholarship Program provides scholarships to undergraduate and graduate students that includes summer internships in service labs. SMART is also a pathway to federal employment.
  • The National Security Innovation Network offers the X-Force Fellowship program to engage undergraduate and graduate students in mission-focused real-world problems.
  • The Consortium Research Fellows Program offers UGA undergraduate, graduate, and post-doctoral fellowships at select U.S. Army and U.S. Air Force research laboratories.
  • STEM Student Employment Programs (SSEP) provide temporary or term employment for students enrolled in a scientific, technical, engineering, or mathematics course of study at an accredited institution of higher education. Students may work full-time or part time, year-round or during summers in between academic terms. Functionally, SSEPs serve as an internship program with the ability to extend the duration of continual employment for up to four (4) years while in school and the possibility of full-time employment after graduation. Each service will have separate procedures for their SSEPs. Please refer to services pages for information on specific SSEPs or contact Marty Bink.

All DoD student opportunities are posted on the Department of Defense STEM page.