MITRE Systems Engineering Fellowship Program for Federal Employees

(Video) Learn more about how federal employees can earn a master's degree in systems engineering from UVA and get hands on experience working at MITRE.

The MITRE Corporation offers a challenging, one-year Systems Engineering (SE) Fellowship program that gives you valuable technical and hands-on experience while earning a master's degree. Our inaugural cohort graduated in May 2019 with a select group of seven participants who worked on a range of projects across government including civil systems, cybersecurity, defense and intelligence, data analytics, and model-based engineering.

With the consistent tightening of budgets and the rapid pace of technology evolution, it is imperative that the federal government has the organic skills necessary to implement creative and cost-effective solutions to problems of considerable complexity.

MITRE's Systems Engineering Fellowship offers an immersive 12-month program to enable the next generation of government technical leaders to design and sustain the systems critical to our nation's future. This one-of-a-kind program, specifically designed for government employees, integrates interdisciplinary, hands-on project and research experience at MITRE with the University of Virginia (UVA) Accelerated Master’s Degree Program  (AMP) in Systems Engineering (SE). Prospective participants must meet UVA AMP in SE admission requirements.

In the program, you’ll work side-by-side with MITRE's diverse team of systems engineering technical experts and leaders. You’ll be contributing to direct work and research projects focused on applying the principles and methods of the newest systems engineering topics to programs of national importance. Participants will have the opportunity to work on projects from among MITRE's federal government sponsors including aviation, civil systems, cybersecurity, defense and intelligence, healthcare, homeland security, and the judiciary.

The University of Virginia Accelerated Master’s Degree Program in Systems Engineering is fully integrated into your direct work experience at MITRE. It's designed to enable working professionals to become systems thinkers and problem solvers through a unique blend of formal education integrated with personal work experience. Learn more and find out if you're right for the MITRE SE Fellowship Program.

All hands-on work takes place at MITRE's campus in McLean, Virginia. Classes are held on the UVA Grounds in Charlottesville, Virginia, every other week on Fridays/Saturdays, with breaks between each trimester. The first and last weeks of the program are full week-long sessions to kick-start and conclude the program.

An applicant's government employer pays all costs, including salary, UVA tuition, and materials. The sponsoring employer also supports the applicant's temporary assignment to MITRE for one year. We encourage you to work with your agency’s workforce development/education managers to help secure federal funding for participation in the SE Fellowship program. 

Sponsors can also leverage the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Intergovernmental Personnel Act (IPA) mobility program as a source of funding for the SE Fellowship participant. Under the IPA, federal government employees can take temporary assignments between state and local governments, institutions of higher education, and other eligible organizations such as federally funded R&D centers.

Sponsoring agencies are invited to identify and nominate eligible employees. Don't delay: The deadline for applications is April 15, 2020, and the planned start date for the next cohort is May 2020. Prospective participants should also fill out the free preliminary application from the University of Virginia in advance of the April 1 deadline so that an informal review of academic qualifications can be done, and participants can receive a preliminary approval. 

If interested, we invite you to contact us at to help you through the application and funding process, as well as receive program updates.

View the SE Fellowship for Federal Employees brochure.

For more information and to receive program updates, please contact us.