About DoD STEM

Strength Through Innovation

At the Department of Defense, our people are the military's most enduring advantage. DoD continually seeks to increase development of a representative, world-class STEM talent pool capable of filling our workforce needs and providing continuous access to STEM talent throughout the Nation.

1,782

SMART Scholarships awarded since 2006

6,421

Student participation in DoD-sponsored FIRST robotics

436

DoD volunteers who mentor FIRST teams

 

Dod stem

The Department of Defense employs more scientists and engineers than any other federal agency. Under the federal STEM strategic plan, the Department is charged with developing education initiatives that are unique to the DoD mission but also help meet five-year goals of improving instruction, increasing engagement, growing the pool of STEM degree holders, broadening the participation of historically underrepresented groups, and improving the graduate school experience. DoD STEM is the collective arm of the Department whose mission is to attract, inspire, and develop exceptional STEM talent across the educational spectrum to sustain the Department's competitive edge.

POWER IN OUR PEOPLE

The Department of Defense is the largest employer of scientists and engineers in the nation. Under the Federal STEM strategic plan, the Department is charged with developing STEM initiatives that are unique to the DoD mission and also help meet national goals of: improving instruction; increasing engagement; growing the pool of STEM degree holders; broadening the participation of historically underserved groups; and improving the graduate school experience. DoD STEM represents the Department's mission to attract, inspire, and develop exceptional STEM talent across the educational continuum to sustain the Department's technological edge.

DoD Leadership in Innovation

DoD's elite scientists and engineers have been at the cutting edge of our nation's most advanced technological breakthroughs for decades. The legacy of defense innovation includes the Internet, the Global Positioning System (GPS), virtual reality, voice recognition technology, autonomous vehicles, and cloud computing.

Get Involved

Many DoD programs (including internships, scholarships, and fellowships) welcome applications from all eligible American students. Additional choices are available in communities across the country where our STEM workforce lives and works.

Programs

DoD programs connect STEM education in the classroom to the excitement, skills, and challenges that come with safeguarding our country.

 

Scholarships

Department of Defense scholarships provide cash awards to students who have demonstrated ability and aptitude for excelling in STEM fields in disciplines of importance to DoD.

Internships

DoD STEM internships allow high school and college students the opportunity to engange in hands-on research, solving real world problems at DoD laboratories and facilities.

 

PARTNERS

DoD STEM supports programs and initiatives that inspire the next generation of Americans to the wonders of science and technology. 

PROGRAMS

DoD STEM programs spark interest and build skills in science and engineering.