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SSC Cyber Halo Innovation Research Program (CHIRP)

About the Program

The Cyber Halo Innovation & Research Program (CHIRP) is a collaboration between Space Systems Command (SSC), Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL), California State University, San Bernardino (CSUSB), and industry partners to hire students for positions in Network Security, Cyber Analysis, Incident Response, Cyber Policy, Data Analytics, Artificial Intelligence, and many more. This 2-year tuition assistance program focuses on cyber research and development using tools and methods directly involving SSC. Graduates of this program gain the skills and techniques directly applicable to protecting the Nation’s space-borne assets.

The Application period for the 2023-2024 CHIRP is closed


Eligibility Requirements

CSUSB selects the most qualified candidates to participate in the program. Before reviewing the application, you must determine whether or not you meet our eligibility requirements.

Students eligible for the SSC Cyber Halo Innovation Research Program (CHIRP) must:

  • Be within the final two years of an eligible cybersecurity degree program at CSUSB by the time of acceptance
  • Have a minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0 
  • Be completing a first undergraduate (i.e. students may not use the scholarship for a second bachelor's degree)
  • Be a United States citizen or Permanent Resident
  • Be able to obtain a security clearance and background check

For more information about the program, please contact the Cybersecurity Center at or 909-537-7535.

Current CHIRP Scholars

The CSUSB Cyber Scholar program website is now accessible to current CHIRP Scholars and alumni for calendars, Portfolium pathway/milestone information & Canvas resources, current events, FISMA syllabus/videos/resources, NICE Challenge & Portfolium workshop videos, pertinent contacts, and various training, internship, and employment resources. 

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