How to Apply

The Application Process Students in classroom

Applying for the SFS program begins with an online application, supplemented with additional information (see below for details about online submissions).  The SFS admissions committee reviews all applications and selects top candidates for an in-person and/or telephone interview.  This is followed with additional writing and additional interviews and/or meetings to ensure selection of the best candidates.

When to Apply

  • Masters students should apply at the same time they are applying for the MIS Master’s program, with all supplemental materials submitted by no later than January 15th (see the MIS Masters application page at https://msmis.eller.arizona.edu/apply)
  • Undergraduate students should have their applications in no later than February 28th.*
  • PhD students should have their materials in no later than February 28th.*

*PLEASE NOTEDue to the nature of federal cybersecurity work, the AZSecure program focuses on training Masters students in MIS.  Undergraduate and Ph.D. students with exceptionally strong backgrounds or relevant skills are welcome to apply, noting, however, that few fellowships are available or awarded outside of the Masters program.

Masters Students

Master's students interested in being considered for the Fellowship Program are advised to contact Dr. Mark Patton, Program Administrator (mpatton@email.arizona.edu) to discuss their interest in the program before applying.

Students who meet eligibility requirements can apply for the SFS scholarship when submitting their professional application for the MIS Master’s Program [more ]. There will be separate application questions related to the SFS program where you should upload the following:

  • A cover letter expressing your interest in applying for the AZSecurity Cybersecurity Fellowship program and explaining your reasons why.
  • A CV or resume (should include all information pertinent to your interests, experiences, and background in cybersecurity)
  • A 3-5 page essay in which you describe how your background, interests, experience, and motivations make you a suitable candidate for the AZSecurity Cybersecurity Fellowship Program.

After submitting your application, please inform Dr. Mark Patton, the Fellowship Program Administrator, via a brief email that you have applied (mpatton@email.arizona.edu ).

Undergraduate Students 

Undergraduate students admitted to the MIS Department typically begin MIS coursework in their 3rd year.  Undergraduate students should follow the normal undergraduate in MIS application process (http://ugrad.eller.arizona.edu/admissions/eller/) and if interested in the SFS Program should send the following application materials to Dr. Mark Patton, the Fellowship Program Administrator, at mpatton@email.arizona.edu and copy Cathy Larson at cal@eller.arizona.edu:

  • A cover letter expressing your interest in applying for the AZSecurity Cybersecurity Fellowship Program and explaining your reasons why.
  • A 3-5 page essay in which you describe how your background, interests, experience, and motivations make you a suitable candidate for the AZSecurity Cybersecurity Fellowship Program.

Ph.D. Students

If you are interested in pursuing a Ph.D. through the AZSecurity Cybersecurity Fellowship Program, you must apply to the MIS Ph.D. Program through the online application process.  In addition, you must email the following documents to Dr. Mark Patton (email:  mpatton@email.arizona.edu), with the subject line, "Ph.D. application to SFS program":

  • A cover letter expressing your interest in applying for the AZSecurity Cybersecurity Fellowship program and explaining your reasons why
  • A CV or resume (should include all information pertinent to your interests, experiences, and background in cybersecurity)
  • A 3-5 page essay describing how your background, interests, experience, and motivations make you a suitable candidate for the AZSecurity Cybersecurity Fellowship Program.

You must be accepted to both the MIS Ph.D. Program and the Scholarship-for-Service Program to be eligible to receive funding.  Accepted students begin receiving their SFS funding the very first year and can receive funding for up to three years, providing they continue to meet Ph.D. and SFS program requirements.  For the fourth year, the funding would come from a different source (for example, teaching in the MIS Department or working as a research associate with a faculty member).