Important Updates

  • The priority filing date for the 2024-25 FAFSA and CADAA has been extended to May 2, 2024. Visit Apply for Financial Aid for details.
  • The Department of Education has announced they will send information from the 2024-25 FAFSA to schools in mid-March. This may result in a delay in financial aid packaging and offers for the 2024-25 academic year. While awaiting your financial aid offer, we encourage you to utilize the UC Davis Financial Aid Estimator to estimate your potential aid.

SMART (Science, Mathematics & Research for Transformation) Scholarship


Application Open: August 1, 2024

Application Deadline: December 1, 2024


Winners of the Science, Mathematics, and Research for Transformation (SMART) Scholarship receive full tuition and fees along with a stipend of $25,000 - $38,000, up to $1,200 for health insurance, up to $1,000 for books, a paid summer internship, and employment with the Department of Defense (DOD) upon graduation. These award amounts are annual and the scholarship can be renewed.


  1. U.S. citizen
  2. Must be currently enrolled as an undergraduate or graduate student
  3. Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or greater
  4. Be pursuing an eligible major

Candidate Profile

Applicants should have an interest in a research career and upperclassmen should have demonstrated research experience. Applicants should have a desire to work for the DOD, as there is a requirement to work one (1) year with the DOD for each year that the scholarship is received, and recipients are required to work summer internships with the DOD for the duration of the scholarship.

Scholarship Website

Campus Procedure

Applicants may apply directly to the SMART Scholarship through their website. Candidates may schedule advising with Prestigious Scholarship Advisor Scott Palmer by emailing their full availability and CV/resume.