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The VICEROY program is intended to increase the quantity and quality of students who possess job-ready DoD cybersecurity skills upon graduation.


The approach is to augment traditional college curricula by providing hands-on, experiential learning opportunities that are uniquely tailored to match the workforce demands of the Armed Services, Department of Defense, and our Defense Industrial Base partners.

Section 1640 of the John S. McCain National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2019 authorized the Secretary of Defense to carry out a “Program to Establish Cyber Institutes at Institutions of Higher Learning for purposes of accelerating and focusing the development of foundational expertise in critical cyber operational skills for future military and civilian leaders.” 

The Office of the Undersecretary of Defense for Research and Engineering, in collaboration with the Air Force Research Laboratory, developed the Virtual Institutes for Cyber and Electromagnetic Spectrum Research and Employ (VICEROY) program for consortia of institutions of higher learning to provide high-impact, experiential learning opportunities capable of imbuing students with the needed skills.

Augusta University is part of a Virtual Institute (VI) led by Mississippi State University and also includes Clark Atlanta University. 

Ways to Participate in VICEROY

VICEROY Scholars

Students are paid stipends for completing the following items:

  • Complete a 3-course sequence - $2500
    (Eligible courses)
  • Earn cybersecurity certifications (DoD 8570 Approved) - $2500
  • Earn Amateur Radio licenses – Technician and General - $2500

VICEROY Researchers:

Work with a faculty member on research topics relevant to VICEROY - paid as an undergraduate or graduate research assistant.

VICEROY Experiential Learning:

Gain practical experience working at the AU SOC, Georgia Cyber Range, or e1337 Training - paid as a student assistant

VICEROY Paid Summer Internships:

  • 1st year at Air Force Research Lab in Rome, NY
  • 2nd (and beyond) year with a Department of Defense agency

(All payments subject to availability of funds.)


  • Must be a United States Citizen or Permanent Resident
  • Must have a 3.0 GPA or higher
  • Must have completed at least 15 credit hours at Augusta University
  • Must be open to working for the Department of Defense
  • Must be security clearance eligible

Application Information

Watch Video Presentation Please contact Michael Nowatkowski for more information.