How to Apply


The applicant must be a U.S. citizen and successfully complete undergraduate studies by the end of Spring Term 2025. The applicant also must be enrolled or accepted for a full-time masters or doctoral program at a U.S. Institution in any of the following disciplines:

  • Engineering (Modeling, Simulation, and/or Training Related; Systems Engineering)
  • Operations Research/Systems Analysis/Mathematics
  • Distance Learning Methodologies
  • Human Factors (Psychology or Engineering)
  • Instructional Design and Training Methodology
  • Computer Science and/or Information Sciences

Selection Criteria

  • The applicant must have a stated interest and career goal in the Modeling & Simulation, Training, and/or Education Industry.
  • The award will be based on student merit as determined from the submitted application documents (see "How to Apply").

Condition of Award

  • The scholarship must be used for education expenses (tuition, books, fees, and room and board) and is subject to the established procedures/policies of the applicant's institution. Funds must be disbursed by the school; funds will not be transferred directly to the student.
  • Applicant must be enrolled full-time at the time of being awarded the scholarship.
  • Applicant must be available to attend I/ITSEC.
  • If the successful applicant terminates their graduate studies and there are remaining funds, the institution will retain such funds for award to another student of their choice following the above eligibility guidelines.
  • The successful applicant will prepare an abstract and, if approved, a paper to be presented at I/ITSEC in the respective area of study one year after completion of the degree program or within three years of scholarship receipt, whichever occurs first.
  • Those awarded the CMSP Scholarship must complete the CMSP exam within six (6) years.
  • Graduate students who are fully funded with other scholarships or grants are not eligible to receive NTSA funds. 
  • Graduate students who are partially funded are eligible to receive NTSA funds on a case-by-case basis.

Selection Panel/Scholarship Administration

A panel consisting of individuals from the academia and past and I/ITSEC chairs will determine the selection. Administration of the scholarship program will reside with the NTSA, an affiliate of the National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA).

How to Apply

  • Statement of how the scholarship will aid student in career pursuit (not more than 500 words). The synopsis must include a description on how the scholarship fits into the applicant's planned career in the Modeling, Simulation, Training or Education field.
  • Proof of U.S. Citizenship (copy of Birth Certificate, Social Security, or Passport).
  • Personal resume to include positions, outstanding awards, publications (if any) and leadership capabilities. Ensure that contact information (i.e. mailing address, phone, and e-mail) is included.
  • Undergraduate transcript.
  • Graduate transcript (if applicable). Official transcripts preferred.
  • Recommendations from major advisor and one professor from the aforementioned disciplines.

*Please combine multiple documents into one file per field, i.e. if you have multiple transcripts or letters of recommendation, upload as one file.

Important Dates

  • Submission Deadline: 21 June 2024
  • Award Announcement: 2 August 2024
  • Funds Available: Fall Term 2024