NYU is offering a scholarship for students entering the vital field of cybersecurity. An interdisciplinary cross section of one of world’s foremost universities will provide qualified students with skills in the technological (NYU-Poly), business (NYU-Stern), cultural (NYU-Steinhardt), public policy and management (NYU-Wagner), and scientific (NYU Courant Institute) aspects of real world security and privacy problems.

“America’s economic prosperity in the 21st century will depend on cybersecurity. … We count on computer networks to deliver our oil and gas, our power and our water. We rely on them for public transportation and air traffic control. Yet we know that cyber intruders have probed our electrical grid and that in other countries cyber attacks have plunged entire cities into darkness.”

— President Barack Obama


The ASPIRE (A Scholarship for Service Partnership for Interdisciplinary Research and Education) award from the National Science Foundation will prepare its recipients with strong technical training and a security mindset that looks beyond just technology while approaching problems. As part of the Federal Scholarship for Service (SFS) program, it will nurture leadership, community service, and good citizenship in its scholars, producing a cadre of Scholarship for Service graduates ready for some of the most crucial challenges of our time.

The scholarship supports two- to three years of stipends, tuition and allowance for students in the general area of information assurance and cybersecurity.  The Scholarships cover expenses normally incurred by full-time students in the institution, including tuition and education related fees (does not include items such as meal plans, housing, or parking).  Additionally, students awarded the scholarship will also be given academic year stipends of $20,000 per year for undergraduate students, $25,000 for master’s degree students, $30,000 per year for doctoral students, and many other benefits.

For questions please refer to the ASPIRE FAQ.

Download the ASPIRE PDF brochure!

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We welcome applications from students interested in information security from a broad perspective with a range of disciplinary backgrounds, including computer science and engineering as well non-technical fields such as law, business, policy, or media studies.

To apply, please follow the instructions available here.

Additional Information

Please send general questions to If you have a question about the specific area of information security in which you’d like to focus, please contact: