SMART Scholarship

The Science, Mathematics, and Research for Transformation (SMART) Scholoarship-for-Service Program is part of a connected effort to improve the flow of new, highly skilled technical labor into Department of Defense facilities and agencies to enhance the technical skills of the workforce already in place. SMART offers scholarships to undergraduate, master’s and doctoral students who have demonstrated the ability and special aptitude for excelling in STEM fields. SMART Scholars receive a cash award paid, full tuition and related education expenses, health insurance reimbursement allowance, book allowance, summer internship(s), and post-graduation career opportunities. Click here for more info.

Wright Scholars Research Assistant Program

(Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Dayton, Ohio)

This is an AFRL Aerospace Systems Directorate-sponsored program that targets promising young high school scientists (typically juniors) from the Wright-Patterson local commuting area. Students are employed for 30-40 hours per week for 8 to 10 weeks during the summer immediately following their junior or senior year, working on an assigned research project under the guidance of a mentor.  Click here for more info.

AFRL Scholars Program

(Eglin Air Force Base, Florida & Kirtland Air Force Base, New Mexico)

This program is sponsored by AFRL's Munitions, Space Vehicles & Directed Energy Directorates and targets 4-year college graduates through PhD-level students in the science and engineering disciplines.  This is a summer program that could lead to graduate fellowships and/or full-time employment. The period of employment is flexible, but typically runs for 3 months, mid-May through September. Students work closely with a highly regarded, experienced AFRL researcher who provides support and guidance.  Click here for more info.

Thurgood Marshall Scholarship Program

The Thurgood Marshall College Fund (TMCF) provides scholarships as well as internship programs for students attending Historically Black Colleges and Universities. In addition, TMCF efficiently connects high performing, world-ready students summer internships with various companies. AFRL participates in this program by offering TMCF-sponsored engineering students the opportunity to work on an AFRL research project and to utilize AFRL facilities during their summer internship.  Click here for more info.

Repperger Research Scholar Intern Program

(Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Dayton, Ohio)

The Chief Scientist of the 711th Human Performance Wing of the Air Force Research Laboratory invites graduate students and undergraduate juniors and seniors to submit an application to participate in the Dr. Daniel Repperger Research Scholar Program.  This program posthumously honors Dr. Repperger, who mentored many young people during his 35 year research career, by providing opportunities for students to work in one of our research facilities under the mentorship of an Air Force scientist or engineer.