Hume IC CAE Research Fellowship Program
The Hume IC CAE Research Fellowship Program is a scholarship and fellowship program for students involved in the National Security Education Program (NSEP). The Hume Center's NSEP offers an annual scholarship and fellowship program for students interested in careers in the national security sector, both in industry and government service.
The following classes of scholarships and fellowships are available:
- Up to $4,000/year scholarship open to undergraduate or graduate students
- $4,000 undergraduate scholarship (see Mark Kusiak Scholar requirements)
- $3,000/year graduate fellowship
Key requirements for applicants are as follows:
- Must be a current student of Virginia Tech.
- Must be a United States Citizen.
- Have a 3.0 grade point average or higher.
- For the Kusiak scholarship, be a Computer Science or Electrical and Computer Engineering undergraduate with a minimum 3.5 GPA.
- Must be interested in a career in intelligence, defense, or national security.
We encourage applications from students majoring in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math subjects, but any major is eligible for the scholarships. We seek a diverse pool of applicants. Students with a financial need based on the results of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) are encouraged to apply and will be given preference in the review process.
Students selected into the program will be required to:
- participate in and meet all requirements of the IC CAE program
- maintain specific minimum GPA requirements (above 3.0)
- undergraduate students are required to work in a multi-disciplinary team on an assigned research project OR identify a focused area of independent student research related to the intelligence community or National Security
- graduate students are required to select a thesis or dissertation topic with applications to National Security
- develop and present a research poster and present an oral presentation at the Annual National Security Colloquium if requested.
Frequently Asked Questions
Each award is made in two payments, one for each semester. The award is applied to your VT student bursar account.
If you need the scholarship for less time than the amount of the scholarship, the money that you do not use is put back into the scholarship fund and used to fund additional students.
The purpose of the internship requirement is to give you experience working in the defense, intelligence, or national security sector. Ideally, it would be as soon as possible because it is very good experience, but we can be flexible. Typically students complete an internship between their junior and senior years. Work with the NSEP faculty mentors to help identify internship opportunities.
No, studying abroad will not disqualify you from receiving a scholarship. The experience of studying abroad is an asset to you and our program, so apply.
The co-op and the internship serve the same purpose, providing work experience in the DoD. You are welcome to apply for the scholarship.
Your membership in NSEP will help you find out about available internships, assist you with the application process and help you contact people at the agency or company.
The requirement to do an internship was added because an internship or co-op is the best way to learn about the national security sector, obtain a security clearance, and to get a job within the intelligence community after graduation. We understand that internships and co-ops can be difficult to obtain, so this requirement will be waived if you make the effort to get an internship but do not get it.
If you are interested in working in the intelligence community after graduation, we suggest joining NSEP. NSEP does many things: brings in speakers, supports an international trip in the summer, but one of the things they do is to help you land a co-op or internship. When speakers come in from various agencies, they set aside time for one-on-one meetings with interested students. So when you apply for that internship, there is already someone at the agency who knows you, which can be an advantage.
Additionally the Hume Center's research programs provide opportunities for undergraduate research and graduate research assistantships. To identify such opportunities, visit the Research Section of the Hume Center website.