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 video interview.  This is followed with additional writing and additional interviews and/or meetings to ensure selection of the best candidates.

When to Apply

For the fall semester of the academic year:

  • 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.
  • Ph.D. students should apply at the same time they are applying for the MIS Doctoral program, with all supplemental materials submitted no later than February 28th.*  

*PLEASE NOTEDue to the nature of federal cybersecurity work, the AZSecure program focuses on training Masters students in MIS. 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. 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 AZSecure 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 AZSecure Cybersecurity Fellowship program.

After submitting your application, please inform Dr. Mark Patton, Program Administrator (mpatton@email.arizona.edu) and Riley McIsaac, Program Coordinator (rmcisaac@email.arizona.edu), via a brief email that you have applied and include a copy of your cover letter and essay. 

Ph.D. Students

If you are interested in pursuing a Ph.D. through the AZSecure 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 (mpatton@email.arizona.edu) and Riley McIsaac (rmcisaac@email.arizona.edu), with the subject line, "Ph.D. application to SFS program":

  • A cover letter expressing your interest in applying for the AZSecure 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 AZSecure 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).