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VICEROY DECREE Virtual Institution Scholarship Program

Cybersecurity and EMS Scholarship Opportunity

A consortium of five universities including The University of Houston are excited to announce The VICEROY DECREE Scholarship of up to $10,000

The Virtual Institutes for Cyber and Electromagnetic Spectrum Research and Employ (VICEROY) Department of Defense Electromagnetic and Cyber Research and Experiential Education (DECREE) is seeking scholarship applications from current undergraduate students to participate in a virtual curriculum offered by a consortium of 5 institutions focusing on cybersecurity, electromagnetic spectrum operations, data science, cryptography, and strategic foreign languages.

VICEROY DECREE scholars will have further access to advanced learning, professional development opportunities, and mentorships in preparation for cyber and EMS careers within the Department of Defense and/or defense industry.

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Must be enrolled full-time undergrad at a VICEROY DECREE institution
  • Must fulfill home institution's specific academic requirements and course pre-requisites
  • Must be security-clearance eligible

Scholars will be evaluated on their academic and extracurricular achievement, and potential to succeed in DoD-related careers. Scholarship applications are due no later than May 31, 2022.

Any questions or inquiries should be directed to clglennie [at] (clglennie[at]uh[dot]edu). Include the term VICEROY APPLICATION in the subject line.

VICEROY DECREE Scholarship Application Form


About the VICEROY DECREE Virtual Institute

The VICEROY DECREE Virtual Institute was authorized under the John McCain National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) FY19 "for purposes of accelerating and focusing the development of foundational expertise in critical cyber operational skills for future military and civilian leaders of the Armed forces and the Department of Defense, including such leaders of the reserve components."

The Virtual Institute addresses high priority needs in the following areas:

  • Cybersecurity
  • Electromagnetic spectrum
  • Strategic foreign languages
  • Cryptography
  • Data science

Scholars selected for the VICEROY DECREE scholarship are required to take VICEROY-designated courses at their home institution and at DECREE partner institutions. Scholars will be required to take 8-10 credits of VICEROY-designated courses, with at least one third of credits taken outside their home institution. Scholars will also have access to professional development opportunities and mentorship from veterans and other professionals in the DoD, government, and defense industrial base sector.

The VICEROY DECREE Virtual Institute also includes initiatives to develop early interest in these areas through outreach to high school students, summer programs, and dual enrollment programs. The program will also include Train the Trainer programs for faculty at local community colleges and Minority Serving Institutions to enrich cyber/EMS preparation and further increase the pipeline of future cyber/EMS professionals.

This scholarship program aims to increase the pipeline and enhance the qualifications of students entering Department of Defense and defense industry careers. We strongly encourage applications from veterans, ROTC cadets, and students from historically underrepresented minorities, female and low-income categories.