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 School of Engineering), business (NYU Stern), law (NYU School of Law), cultural (NYU Steinhardt), public policy and management (NYU Wagner), and scientific (NYU Courant) 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 the technology when 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 allowances 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 masters degree students, $30,000 per year for doctoral students, and many other benefits.

For questions please refer to the ASPIRE FAQ.

Download the ASPIRE brochure (pdf)


Apply Today

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 see our How to Apply page.


Additional Information

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

Technology at NYU School of Engineering: Nasir Memon—
Business at NYU Stern: Anindya Ghose—
Ethics and Politics of Privacy and Security at NYU Courant: Helen Nissenbaum—
Policy and administration at NYU Wagner: Rae Zimmerman—
Law at NYU School of Law: Zachary K. Goldman—