Scholarships, Fellowships and Awards
INI fellowships are merit-based and will be awarded during the admissions application review process. While students may indicate that they are interested in receiving a fellowship, there is no application process for this type of opportunity.
In a continued effort to provide funding opportunities to highly-qualified applicants, the INI has established multiple Director’s Fellowships, which will provide partial- and full-tuition scholarships to incoming INI students. Eligibility is merit-based and candidates will be selected during the application review process. Admitted applicants with a strong record of academic and personal achievements and high potential will be selected by the Director of the INI to receive this award.
The INI has established a Presidential Fellowship, which will provide a full-tuition scholarship to one incoming INI student each year. Eligibility is merit-based and a candidate will be selected during the application review process. The admitted applicant who receives this fellowship will ideally join the INI with a strong record of academic and personal achievements and high potential. This person will be selected by the Director of the INI to receive this award.
Executive Women's Forum INI Fellowship
Alta Associates is a premier executive recruitment firm specializing in Information Security, IT Audit, Risk Management and Privacy. In 2003, Alta Associates organized the first ever Executive Women's Forum on Information Security for leaders in information security, privacy and risk management, and it has been holding annual forums since that time. The EWF is a group of over 200 of the most senior executive women in information security, risk management and privacy who share experiences and build trust-based relationships.
This scholarship was first offered in fall 2007 to support a student from a historically underrepresented population. Awardees, known as EWF-INI Fellows, receive a full scholarship and have the opportunity to be mentored by an EWF participant who is at a senior level in the information security field.
Recipients of the EWF-INI Fellowship must meet the following criteria: be admitted to an INI graduate program; have an accumulated GPA of at least 3.25 prior to entering Carnegie Mellon and maintain a minimum 3.25 GPA while at the INI; have no outstanding employment contract or obligation while attending Carnegie Mellon; show exemplary promise and potential; and demonstrate exceptional leadership skills.
Joyce Brocaglia - Executive Women's Forum Endowed Fellowship
Established in honor of the CEO of Alta Associates and founder of the Executive Women's Forum (EWF), the Joyce Brocaglia-EWF Endowed Fellowship in the Information Networking Institute (INI) seeks to provide support to INI graduate students who qualify for financial aid. For more information regarding the EWF and the Joyce Brocaglia - Executive Women's Forum Fellowship, please visit their website.
The Prabhu and Poonam Goel Graduate Fellowship
The Prabhu and Poonam Goel Graduate Fellowship is awarded to two incoming students each year – one student in the MSIN program and one student in the MSIS program. Please note: Scholarship for Service students and government/company-sponsored students are not eligible.
The CyberCorps® Scholarship for Service Program (SFS)
Incoming students who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents studying information security may be eligible to participate in the CyberCorps® Scholarship for Service (SFS) program, which provides full financial assistance to a few highly qualified applicants each year who express an interest, are enrolled in the INI’s M.S. in Information Security (MSIS) program, and who satisfy all the requirements. Students can indicate an interest in being considered for funding on their admissions application and will be notified if eligible. All eligible students admitted to the INI will be contacted directly, via email, with SFS application information, deadlines and instructions. Learn more
Cyber Scholarship Program (CySP) – DoD Cyber Exchange
Sponsored by the DoD Chief Information Office and administered by the National Security Agency (NSA), the DoD CySP program at CMU seeks to enhance a technical education in computer systems and security through research and development opportunities that cultivate expertise in securing data, networks, systems, and services. Students can indicate an interest in being considered for funding on their admissions application and will be notified if eligible. All eligible students admitted to the INI will be contacted directly, via email, with DoD CySP application information, deadlines and instructions. Learn More
The Women Techmakers Scholars Program
In memory of the co-founder of the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing, Google offers Women Techmakers Scholars Program, formerly the Anita Borg Memorial Scholarship, to women who exhibit a strong academic background and demonstrate leadership. The recipients of the scholarship receive a monetary award for the subsequent academic year, and a group of finalists from the applicant pool are selected to join the recipients for the Annual Google Scholars' Retreat in Mountain View, California. In recent years, two INI students have been selected as finalists. Learn more
Teaching & Research Assistantships (TA/RA)
INI students have the opportunity to work as teaching interns or assistants for courses in other departments. These assignments typically offer a stipend that is determined by the offering department. In addition, students may have the opportunity to work on research projects through affiliated research centers that may offer additional stipends.
Lisa Currin, Associate Director of Admissions and Enrollment, can provide students with more information about financial assistance.
WOMEN@INI CONFERENCE SCHOLARSHIPS
The Women@INI (WINI) scholarship program will award scholarships each year to students who show academic merit and proven leadership in WINI and other academic programs. These scholarships will allow recipients to attend conferences focusing on women in technology, such as the annual Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing. Details on how to apply are sent out in an email from the INI during the academic year.
GRADUATE STUDENT CONFERENCE FUNDING
G.S.A. Graduate Student Conference Funding is financed by the Graduate Student Assembly, in collaboration with the Graduate Support Programs Office and the Provost's Office. The goal of the funding is to enable more Carnegie Mellon graduate students to make presentations at key conferences/exhibitions in their fields or simply attend conferences and learn about the broader field of study to which they belong. This award amount can be up to $500 per student and the INI will consider matching the awarded amount. Learn more
Recipients of the following awards are nominated by staff and faculty. Nominations are reviewed by an award committee and awards are presented at the INI Graduation Ceremony.
THE INI LEADERSHIP AWARD
This award honors a graduating INI student who has most noticeably demonstrated initiative, motivation, academic excellence and overall outstanding leadership qualities. The student should also have demonstrated the ability to balance their scholarship with their leadership and involvement. The award recipient receives an engraved award and a monetary honorarium.
THE INNOCENT HABIYAREMYE MEMORIAL AWARD
This award honors a graduating INI student who embodies a sense of community spirit in their everyday actions. This award is given in memory of Innocent Habiyaremye, an MS20 INI alumnus who inspired others through his kindness and volunteer activities. Make a Donation
OUTSTANDING STUDENT SERVICES AWARD: RESEARCH ASSISTANT
This award is intended to recognize a graduating INI student who has demonstrated exemplary performance and contribution as a Research Assistant. The award recipient receives an engraved award and a monetary honorarium. Honorable mentions receive letters of commendation.
OUTSTANDING STUDENT SERVICES AWARD: TEACHING ASSISTANT
This award is intended to recognize a graduating INI student who has demonstrated exemplary performance and contribution as a Teaching Assistant. The award recipient receives an engraved award and a monetary honorarium. Honorable mentions receive letters of commendation.