DHS Homeland Security-STEM Career Development Program

About the Program

The ALERT DHS HS-STEM (Homeland Security-Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) Career Development Program was established in 2011 with a grant to Northeastern University from the Department of Homeland Security, Science and Technology Directorate. In 2014, ALERT received a separate award from DHS in connection with the ALERT Phase 2 Center of Excellence to continue the program.

The program plans to award graduate fellowships to full-time students pursuing MS or PhD degrees in Electrical and Computer Engineering. Selected students will receive full tuition and a stipend of $2,700 per month for up to three years. Multi-year continuation will be granted based upon satisfactory progress.

Award recipients will engage in research work, class work and career development activities that will provide them with a skill set that will be further strengthened by the completion of two 10-week summer research experiences at a DHS laboratory, industrial venue engaged in relevant DHS-related research and development, or other DHS-related federal, state or local facility engaged in center related research and development.

Participating students will be immersed in ALERT related research and practical training so that they can witness the impact and relevance of their work as they engage in real-world development.

Upon successful completion of the program, graduates are required to engage in a minimum one year of paid service at a DHS-approved HS-STEM venue.

Program Requirements for Participants

  1. Must be a US Citizen pursuant to DHS requirements;
  2. Must be a Full-time student enrolled in a graduate degree program at Northeastern University’s College of Engineering;
  3. Must maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.30 or higher on a 4.0 scale throughout participation in the Program;
  4. Must attend the DHS Career Development Conference in Washington DC during their participation; and
  5. Must provide one year of service at a DHS-approved HS-STEM venue immediately following the term of the fellowship.

For more detail, please read the complete Career Development Program Participation Agreement.

How to Apply

ALERT is seeking applications from academically talented graduate engineering students who are interested in pursuing rewarding careers in ALERT related research areas upon graduation. For priority consideration, the following documents must be completed and submitted by August 20, 2014.

  • Complete the ONLINE APPLICATION to the program.This application requires that you upload a Current Resume and a Statement of Interest in .pdf or .doc/.docx format.Statement of Interest:A 1-2 page statement that indicates the specific ALERT research area that you are interested in with a detailed description of your qualifications and an explanation of why you should be considered for this program. You should detail how this research fits your background, interests, and career aspirations and indicate that you understand the commitment to fulfill two ten-week summer research experiences during the program and the commitment to complete a minimum of one year of service at a DHS–approved HS-STEM venue following completion of the program.
  • Submit your College/University Transcript
    • If you are currently enrolled in Northeastern University’s College of Engineering, please submit an official transcript confirming a cumulative GPA of 3.30 on a 4.0 scale.
    • If you are applying to or were recently accepted to Northeastern University’s College of Engineering, please submit an official transcript from your undergraduate or other graduate institution(s) attended.
  • Provide Two Letters of Recommendation describing your qualifications and attributes that would make you an ideal candidate for the fellowship.
    • References from faculty members with knowledge of your academic background and/or past employers with knowledge of your aptitude for a career in homeland security fields are encouraged.

Materials can be submitted via U.S. mail or email to:

Ms. Kristin Hicks
Northeastern University
360 Huntington Avenue
302 Stearns Building
Boston, MA 02115


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