CIA Undergraduate Scholarship Program

Scholarship Provided by : Central Intelligence Agency

Scholarship Amount

Various Amount

Application Deadline

September 23, 2017


If you are a high school senior planning to enroll in a 4-or 5-year college program, or you are a college freshman or sophomore enrolled in a 4-or 5-year college program, who is looking for career experience in a dynamic environment, apply to the CIA's Undergraduate Scholar Program and contribute to the work of the nation before you graduate.


All applicants must successfully complete a thorough medical and psychological exam, a polygraph interview and an extensive background investigation.

To be considered suitable for Agency employment, applicants must generally not have used illegal drugs within the last twelve months. The issue of illegal drug use prior to twelve months ago is carefully evaluated during the medical and security processing.

Important Notice: Friends, family, individuals, or organizations may be interested to learn that you are an applicant for or an employee of the CIA. Their interest, however, may not be benign or in your best interest. You cannot control whom they would tell. We therefore ask you to exercise discretion and good judgment in disclosing your interest in a position with the Agency. You will receive further guidance on this topic as you proceed through your CIA employment processing.

To Apply:

Save the position(s) that interest you in the job cart. You can add up to four (4) positions. Job cart selections will only be retained during this site visit, so be sure to click “Apply Now” before closing the browser window. After clicking "Apply Now" you will be taken to the application account creation page. The positions will appear in the cart once you have created an account.DO NOT submit multiple applications; this will only slow the review of your application and delay processing. Please read the Application Instructions carefully before you begin the online application process.


All applicants must meet the following minimum requirements:

US citizenship
18 years of age by April 1 of your senior year
1500 SAT (1000 Math & Critical Reading, 500 Writing) or 21 ACT scores or higher (high school students)
3.0/4.0 scale high school or college GPA or higher
Financial need as demonstrated by the household income ceiling up to $70,000 for a family of four, and $80,000 for a family of five or more
If the applicant has not been listed as a dependent for the previous tax year, the household income ceiling is $35,000 or less
Meet the same employment standards as permanent employees, successfully completing both security and medical processing
Available to work in the Washington, DC area during your periods of employment
The Scholar Program is extremely competitive, so attention to detail is critical. If you meet the minimum requirements listed above for this program, apply online between July 1 - October 15. All applicants must provide the following information with their online application or they will not be considered for the program:

SAT or ACT scores (For high school seniors who are taking the SAT or ACT in the fall, please make note of your test date in the application package. All fall test scores must be sent (postmarked) no later than January 15.)
Names and ages of all family dependents, and your gross family income for current and previous years.
A copy of your most current Federal Application for Financial Student Aid Form (FAFSA) or SAR must be submitted upon request.
A copy of your school transcripts
Two letters of recommendation
Scholarship Program Application
Qualification Supplement 

Pacific Islander, Hispanic, Caucasian, Asian, American Indian, African American
United States
Freshmen, Sophomore

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