CyberCorps®: Scholarship for Service (SFS) Job Fair 2018



The Scholarship for Service (SFS) program is managed by the National Science Foundation (NSF), in collaboration with the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM), the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and, in accordance with the Cybersecurity Enhancement Act of 2014 (Public Law No: 113-274). This initiative reflects the critical need for Information Technology (IT) professionals, industrial control system security professionals and security managers in federal, state, local and tribal governments. Students identified by their institutions for SFS Scholarships must meet selection criteria based on prior academic performance, likelihood of success in obtaining the degree, and suitability for government employment. Upon graduation, scholarship recipients are required to work a period equal to the length of their scholarship in federal, state, local or tribal government as cybersecurity professionals. Since 2001, SFS scholarships have been awarded to more than 3,000 students and there are 69 institutions currently offering SFS scholarships to students in undergraduate and graduate degree programs.


The SFS program helps hiring managers at government agencies by selecting the finest candidates to participate through a competitive process at NSF-selected institutions that have a strong existing academic program in cybersecurity.

Program Costs and Agency Responsibility

While the SFS program covers the costs of study, the employing agency is responsible for the student’s salary and applicable benefits during the internship and employment periods, as well as any costs associated with acquiring the required level of security clearance.

Hiring Procedures

In December 2014, (3) President of the United States (POTUS) signed into law the Cybersecurity Enhancement Act of 2014 (Public Law 113-274). Section 302 of Public Law 113-274 addresses SFS specifically and states that agencies appoint CyberCorps® SFS participants into the excepted service and then once they complete their obligation they can be noncompetitively converted to career conditional. Because this is law and it does not state that Office of Personal Management (OPM) will regulate this, there will be no additional guidance/policy set by OPM so the agency can determine how to apply this. When making appointments (for both internships and post-graduation employment) federal agencies will cite the statute as the legal authority, and use the general Nature of Action (NOA) code for excepted appointments based on a law (these are described in the guide to processing personnel actions (Guide to Processing Personnel Actions (GPPA))). When converting the students, agencies would again cite the statute as the legal authority and consult the GPPA for the appropriate NOA for conversions. It would be left to the agency to track the appointments to know when they can convert them. It would also be left to agencies to set any internal policy on making appointments under this law. State, local, and tribal government agencies and federally Funded Research Development Centers should use whatever appointing authorities are appropriate under the regulations that govern their employment practices.

Additional Information

Hiring Managers and Human Resources Consultants interested in recruiting from the SFS can gain access to this talented Information Assurance (IA) candidate pool by visiting and registering as an agency official or contacting the program office at The only requirement is that you be actively involved in the recruiting and/or hiring of IA personnel.

Contact: Stephanie Travis,, (202) 579-4951



  • When

  • Tuesday, January 9, 2018 - Thursday, January 11, 2018
    3:00 PM - 2:00 PM
    Eastern Time

  • Where

  • Washington Marriott Wardman Park
    2660 Woodley Road NW
    Washington, District of Columbia 20008
    1-855-SFS (737)-2018

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