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CCSE Graduate Scholarship : The Complete Guide

Updated on 09 April, 2024

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The CCSE Graduate scholarship has been instrumental in easing the educational and financial burden of many students worldwide. Awarded by the Center for Cyber Safety and Education (CCSE), availing of this scholarship is a dream come true for a master’s degree or PhD aspirant.

Suppose you want to study in streams such as Information Assurance or cybersecurity in countries like Canada, the USA, and Singapore. In that case, this graduate scholarship is the perfect fit for you. In this blog, we will discuss the nitty-gritty of the CCSE Graduate Scholarship.

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Scholarship Eligibility Criteria 

If you wish to avail of the CCSE graduate Scholarship, there are some eligibility criteria that you need to satisfy. All of them are written below for your kind reference: 

  • The candidate must be pursuing a degree with a focus on cybersecurity or information assurance.
  • The candidate must be pursuing a Master’s Degree program or doctoral studies.
  • The GPA must be at least 3.5 on a 4.0 scale (or an equivalent rank according to a comparable scale)
  • The candidate may participate online or on campus, part-time or full time and in the United States of America or internationally.
  • They do not need to be licensed, but the applicant should remember that a scholarship will be paid only when the candidate enrolls in a university or college.

Benefits of CCSE Graduate Scholarship

With the CCSE Graduate Scholarship, the maximum amount awarded per student is USD 5,000 (INR 3,60,000).

The scholarship amount is awarded once. You can use the scholarship for only certain expenses. 

The tuition and fees are covered through the scholarship amount. The scholarship amount does not cover living expenses, accommodation, airfare, spouse care, health cover, and application fees.

Each scholarship award ranges between USD 1,000 to USD 5,000 (INR 74,000 to INR 3,60,000). A total of twenty students are awarded the grant, and the amount is sent directly to the school with instructions regarding its application to the tuition fee expenses only. 

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Documents Required for CCSE Graduate Scholarship

If you fulfill all the criteria mentioned above and are interested in applying for the CCSE graduate scholarship, then it’s time for you to get your paperwork together. 

Here are all the documents you would need to apply for this scholarship:

  • You will first have to submit a resume, which should not be more than three pages. You should not include any links to your publications.
  • Unofficial transcripts from your present or the most recent educational institution are required. If you are awarded the scholarship, the money will not be disbursed until the official transcripts have been sent.
  • One letter of recommendation is required. It would be best to attach academic references, but you can also send a professional recommendation letter. 
  • The following points must be outlined in the letter of reference. 
  1. How long have you known the applicant?
  2. What skills do the applicant has to support in his/her journey of completing the degree?
  3. What other information about the applicant should be taken into consideration?

Candidates will have to fill out essay questions in the application form. They are mentioned below:

  • Tell us why you should be chosen to receive this (ISC)² Cybersecurity Scholarship and what makes you stand out from your peers?
  • Why do you need the scholarship?
  • Describe your personal and educational backgrounds
  • Why did you choose your major and your goals in your academic career?
  • What are your goals for your professional career?
  • Describe any contributions to the cybersecurity field, i.e., volunteer work, articles, etc., and any other hobbies or extracurricular activities and what they mean to you. (Do not include links to articles)

How to Apply for the CCSE Graduate Scholarship?

For applying to the CCSE Graduate Scholarship, you will have to fill out a separate external application. You should ensure that you mention all the details correctly and carefully in the form. 

In case of doubts, you can contact the organization at scholarships@isc2.org or +1-727-493-3587.

CCSE Graduate Scholarship Important Dates:

If you plan to apply for the CCSE Graduate Scholarship, there are some essential details you should keep a check on. 

  • We have mentioned them below and strongly suggest you submit an early application before the deadline to increase the chances of selection in the fall 2022 intake.
  • Application Start Date: November 15, 2021
  • Application Final End Date: March 07, 2022, 11:58 EDT
  • All the notifications for award or no award will be emailed in June 2022. 


Selection Criteria for the CCSE Graduate Scholarship

All the applicants will be scored by the members of ISC2 and the scholarship donors (if applicable)

The scoring will be done based on three prime factors or categories:

  • Passion: The selection committee will try to understand and analyze your interest in the domain through your essays and letter of recommendations
  • Merit: Since this is a merit-based scholarship, you should be prepared to be accessed based on academic scores, grades, and research work in the past years
  • Financial Needs: Any additional burdens or economic restraints will be considered before allotting the scholarship.

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