Illinois Cyber Security Scholars Program

The Illinois Cyber Security Scholars Program (ICSSP) trains the next generation of specialists capable of protecting the nation’s cyber infrastructure.

ICSSP student

Supported by a significant grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) and capitalizing on the particular strengths of the University of Illinois in computer science, engineering, and intellectual property law, ICSSP is open to second-year students with a background in computer science or engineering and offers full reimbursement for tuition and fees and a living stipend. Students receive a certificate in cyber security upon completion of the program and undertake a two-year term of employment with the federal government after graduation.

Through ICSSP, Illinois engineering and law students receive hands-on training from the nation’s top legal and computer science experts and join an emerging field in which there is a significant shortage of knowledgeable workers with multidisciplinary backgrounds. It’s a demand that is guaranteed to grow as the U.S. increasingly relies on cyber infrastructure, which provides the backbone for our defense, energy, financial, and telecommunication systems, among others.


  • Full tuition and fee waivers + living and book stipends
  • Expertise in a growing professional field
  • Travel funds for related activities
  • Internships with a government agency or lab
  • Access to state-of-the-art security labs
  • Opportunities to compete in regional and national cyber security competitions
  • Assistance with placement in a federal agency or laboratory upon graduation


  • U.S. citizen
  • College of Law students at Illinois who have completed one year of coursework and have a STEM undergraduate background or are willing to acquire the requisite computer science background through additional coursework. These requisites include the following (courses do not have to be completed at the University of Illinois):
    • CS 125 Intro to Computer Science
    • CS 225 Data Structures
    • CS 233 Computer Architecture
    • CS 373 Theory of Computation

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Program requirements for law students


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