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  • Writer's pictureOmran Aburayya

The Stokes Undergraduate Scholarship by the CIA (up to $25,000 per year)

Updated: Jun 21

If you're a US citizen looking for an opportunity to finance your undergraduate studies and get you a guaranteed job right after graduation, then you should consider the The Stokes Undergraduate Scholarship offered by the CIA.

The Stokes Undergraduate Scholarship Program offered by the CIA is a unique opportunity that combines an internship with a financial needs-based scholarship designed to help undergraduates develop skills critical to the CIA’s mission while completing their degree. The program is designed to give students exposure to real intelligence challenges and meaningful work that relates to their college major. For example, an IT major might work on complex computer systems, while a finance major could be involved in developing and analyzing budgets for worldwide operations.

Because CIA invests in scholarship recipients, accepting an offer means continued employment with the Agency for a specified timeframe.

In this article we provide you with essential information about this exciting opportunity.


The Strokes Scholarship Benefits

  • Tuition assistance up to $18,000 per calendar year, STEM students receive tuition assistance up to $25,000 per calendar year

  • Daily allowance for meals and incidentals during summer work tours

  • Partial lodging reimbursement

  • Reimbursement for transportation costs between school and Washington, DC area

  • Competitive annual salary

  • Health insurance

  • Federal retirement plans

  • Paid time off, as well as sick and holiday leave

  • Internship Starting salary of $36,145 - $48,155

  • Guaranteed employment post-graduation. After graduation, all scholarship recipients must work at the CIA for a period of 1.5 years per year of paid scholarship received



  1. Financial need as demonstrated by the adjusted gross annual household income (AGI) ceiling up to $120,000

  2. If the applicant has not been listed as a dependent for the previous tax year, the gross annual income (AGI) ceiling is up to $50,000.

  3. Minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale

  4. Must be a U.S. citizen birth or naturalization

  5. Must be at least 18 years of age by September 15, 2023

  6. Eligibility is based on a maximum yearly household income of $120,000 or $50,000 if independent.

  7. Acceptance to a 4-year college/university (if in high school) OR acceptance to a graduate school (if a college senior)

  8. Availability to work at least two 90-day tours in the Washington, DC area prior to graduation, and willingness to work at the CIA full-time after graduation


Desired Qualifications

  • Academic excellence in core subjects relating to college major or desired major

  • Relevant practical or job experience in your field of interest

  • Demonstrated leadership qualities

  • Genuine interest in contributing to CIA’s mission

  • Proficiency in a foreign language. Languages of interest are listed on our Foreign Language page here.


Application Guide

Interested candidates who meet the eligibility Criteria are asked to visit this official webpage then click on (Express Interest) Button.

Application Deadline: June 30, 2024 by 11:59PM (EST)


Official LINKS



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