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Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) Graduate Scholarship Program 2018 for graduate students

Application Deadline:July 31st 2018.

The Graduate Scholarship Program is a financial needs based initiative that offers graduate students an unmatched experience in a diverse and inclusive environment. Graduate students, serving as scholarship recipients with the CIA, attend an accredited college/university on a full-time basis and work during summer breaks at the CIA.

While working at the CIA, you will be exposed to intelligence challenges while performing meaningful work that relates to your college major. An IT major, for example, might be given increasingly complex projects involving sophisticated computer systems. An engineering major might help produce a piece of state-of-the-art equipment. A finance major could be involved in developing and analyzing budgets for a worldwide operation, while a foreign language major might be instrumental in translating documents for US policymakers. An international relations major might brief a senior policymaker and, as a final example, a human resource major could have the opportunity to develop and implement personnel policies and procedures.

If selected as a scholarship recipient, you will receive a wide array of benefits, including:

  • Tuition assistance up to $18,000 per calendar year for tuition, mandatory fees and books
  • Daily allowance for meals and incidentals during summer tours
  • Reimbursement for transportation costs between school and Washington, DC
  • Annual salary
  • Health insurance
  • Life insurance
  • Federal retirement plans
  • Paid time off, as well as sick and holiday leave

Because the CIA invests in scholarship recipients, accepting an offer means continued employment with the CIA for a specified timeframe. You are required to work at the CIA after college graduation for a period equal to 1.5 times the length of the college sponsorship you received from the CIA. Students who leave earlier are required to reimburse the US government for their tuition. All positions require relocation to the Washington, DC Metropolitan area during summer work tours.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Pursuing a Graduate degree as a full time student and enrolled in, or planning to take, at least 9 credits per semester
  • Financial need as demonstrated by the gross annual household income ceiling up to $70,000 for a family of four or less, and $80,000 for a family of five or more
    • If the applicant has not been listed as a dependent for the previous tax year, the gross annual household income ceiling is $35,000 or less
  • GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
  • Availability to work at least one 90-day summer tour prior to graduation and willingness to work at CIA full time after graduation

Desired Qualifications:

  • Academic excellence in core subjects areas
  • Relevant practical or job experience in your field of interest
  • Proficiency in a foreign language. Languages of interest are listed on our Foreign Language page here
  • Demonstrated leadership qualities
  • Genuine interest in contributing to CIA’s mission

The Scholarship Program is extremely competitive, therefore attention to detail is critical. The following items must be attached to your on-line application (PDF format preferred):

  • Cover sheet listing all documents attached
  • Names and ages of all family dependents and proof of gross annual household income. Please provide one of the following documents to prove that you meet the financial requirements of the program:
    • Either a copy of your most current Federal Application for Financial Student Aid Form (FAFSA),
    • Or a copy of the most recent W2(s) stating gross annual household income
  • Unofficial college transcripts
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Scholarship Program Application [PDF*]
  • Qualification Supplement [PDF*]

To Apply:

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Application Instructions

For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the CIA Graduate Scholarship Program 2018 

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