Intelligence Community Center for Academic Excellence

IC CAE Study Abroad Scholarship

Intelligence and National Security Scholarship

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Fall 2017 scholarship applications are now open.

Applications are due July 21, 2017.

The IC CAE’s main goal is to prepare students—by enhancing the critical skills and knowledge deemed essential by the intelligence community—for careers in national security and intelligence. In these fields, an international perspective is crucial for dealing with the variety of issues & challenges that often arise. For this reason, the IC CAE is providing funding for study abroad programs for students who have the goal of working in intelligence and national security. Scholarships will be available for Fall, Spring, and Summer semesters.

This competitive, merit-based scholarship is awarded up to $3,000 for undergraduate students and up to $8,000 for graduate research. This scholarship is interdisciplinary and is open to many courses of study, as long as the course work reflects material that would be beneficial to a future in intelligence and national security. Many skills and areas of expertise are in critical need right now in the national security and intelligence communities. These areas include, but are not limited to:

  • Political Science
  • Critical Languages (Russian, Mandarin, Arabic, etc.)
  • Computer Science
  • Criminal Justice
  • Finance
  • Business Administration
  • Engineering

For more ideas on how your academic path could lead to the intelligence community, visit IntelligenceCareers.gov.


Undergraduate Application Requirements

Undergraduate Scholarship
The IC CAE undergraduate scholarship is open to many different fields and courses of study, but the student’s course work should reflect material that will enhance his or her knowledge and skills in areas that are beneficial to a career in intelligence and national security. Scholarship awards are expected to be up to $3,000 and will be awarded competitively to undergraduate students who are interested in these areas.
RequirementsApplicants must provide
Have a 3.0 overall GPA or higherAn undergraduate scholarship application
Be a current degree-seeking undergraduate student at UCFA personal statement of no more than 200 words explaining how your study abroad program will enhance your career goals in intelligence and national security
Complete the UCF Study Abroad Office's Student Travel RegistryA resume or CV
Show that they are engaging in course work that is relevant to a future career in intelligence or national security
Be a U.S. citizen
Have a minimum stay abroad of four weeks; longer programs preferred

Graduate Application Requirements

Graduate Scholarship
The IC CAE graduate scholarships are intended for students to conduct field work pertaining to their M.A. thesis or PhD. dissertation. Under some circumstances the funds may be used for other research projects, such as papers for a conference or a journal article submission. Research must be related to topics of interest to intelligence and national security, broadly construed. Scholarships are awarded for amounts of up to $8,000 and will be awarded competitively.
RequirementsApplicants must provide
Have a 3.5 graduate GPA or higherA graduate scholarship application
Be a current degree-seeking graduate student at UCF A personal statement of no more than 200 words explaining how your study abroad program will enhance your career goals in intelligence and national security
Show that they are engaging in research work that is relevant to a future career in intelligence or national
security
A research proposal of up to 500 words explaining your research and how it is relevant to intelligence and national security
Complete the UCF Study Abroad Office's Student Travel RegistryA resume or CV
Be a U.S. citizen

Email completed application and required documents to ICCAE@ucf.edu.
If you have trouble submitting the application or have questions, feel free to Contact Us.