Eligibility and Application

In addition to identifying and encouraging eligible applicants, sponsoring organizations will continue to employ and compensate fellowship participants for the 12-month term, and guarantee employment once the program is finished. Participants can expect to spend 32–40 hours a week at MITRE's McLean, Virginia, campus, plus every other week on Fridays/Saturdays on the UVA Grounds in Charlottesville, Virginia, with one full week in residence at the beginning of the program and another week at the end. Upon satisfactory program completion, participants receive a degree from the University of Virginia Accelerated Master’s Degree Program in Systems Engineering.

Applicants must hold a bachelor's degree in engineering, math, or science, and currently be employed by a MITRE government sponsor. Additionally, the following criteria will also determine eligibility:

  1. Performance: Applicant must present consistent high work performance reviews and a track record of quality, data-driven products.
  2. Recommendations: Two recommendations from government director-level leaders, supervisors, academic, or industrial leaders.
  3. Future Value: Able to show potential as chief engineer or technical manager of major program, leader of engineering branch/division, etc.

Fellowship participants will be chosen by a selection committee comprised of MITRE and senior government chief engineers. Applicants should submit a completed application form, resume, or curriculum vitae; official undergraduate transcripts; two letters of recommendation, and a two-page white paper addressing a key SE capability area of interest. Applicants will also be required to speak to the selection committee about one of their major SE-related work accomplishments. A separate application to the UVA process is also required. Applicants can reuse much of the same requirements as described above, and MITRE will help expedite this process.

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. If interested, we encourage you to talk to your manager about this opportunity and 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 an 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 research and development centers. The temporary assignment can last up to two years.

NOTE: By contacting us at SEFellows@mitre.org before you apply, we can also provide you with updates as you walk through the application and funding process.

Instructions for submission are included within the application. Prospective participants should also fill out the free preliminary application from the University of Virginia in advance of the April 15, 2020, deadline so that an informal review of academic qualifications can be done, and participants can receive a preliminary approval. Complete the SE Fellowship application