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University of Wisconsin–Madison

Defense Science Study Group 2017

To:Chairs and Administrators, Departments in the Biological & Physical Sciences; Associate Deans for Research; College/School Research Administrators
From:Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research & Graduate Education
Date:October 04, 2016
Subject:Defense Science Study Group 2017


Deadline for Internal Review:November 07, 2016

Project Description

This program, begun in 1985, is sponsored by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) and administered by the Institute for Defense Analyses (IDA). The DSSG is a unique program of education and study that introduces some of the nation’s most outstanding professors of science and engineering to the challenges facing national security. It also provides the members with an opportunity to become involved in and to contribute to those issues on an ongoing basis.

The two-year program requires that the member of the class devote approximately 20 days per year to DSSG activities. To minimize disruption of the academic year, the majority of the time for DSSG activity is scheduled during the summer months.

Selection is based on academic excellence, breadth of interests, references, consideration of discipline, and geographic distribution.

Duration of award: Two years; (2018-2019) 20 days/year dedicated to DSSG activities
Number of awards: 15 selectees


The selection criteria are:

• A faculty member in science, engineering or related discipline
• Outstanding academic accomplishments and a likely future leader in their field
• Preferably within 15 years of their PhD
• Must be a U.S. Citizen (to acquire a security clearance).

UW-Madison is allowed to nominate two faculty members.


Internal Competition Application Instructions

Applications for Internal Review

To submit your application, follow this link:

Please include the following information:

• Cover Page
• CV
• Letter of Recommendation from Provost, Dean or Defense Science Study Group Member, Mentor, Alumni or Advisor
Past Study Group Members from UW Madison include:
Susan Coppersmith, Robert Hamers, Mark Hill, Deborah Joseph, Galen McKinley, Douglas Weibel.

Sponsor Deadlines

Applications are due to DSSG by December 31, 2016.