New Scholars

If you are selected as an AFRL Scholar, you may be required to complete the necessary paperwork to obtain a government Secret Security Clearance. A thorough investigation will be conducted on the information that you provide.

If you are a first-time scholar in the AFRL Scholars Program but already have an active security clearance or an open investigation for Secret level or higher, please read the information for Returning Scholars.

The process to obtain a Secret Security Clearance prior to the internship is extensive. If selected, you will be required to provide information for all of the topics below (not all topics are listed):

  • Personal Contact Information
  • Citizenship documents (e.g. Naturalization Certificate)
  • Residence History
  • Educational History
  • Employment Record
  • Military History
  • People who know you well
  • Relatives Information (all immediate relatives including estranged, living, deceased)
  • Foreign Contacts
  • Foreign Activities
  • Foreign Travel
  • Police Record (7 year history)
  • Illegal Drug Use (7 year history)
  • Use of Alcohol (7 year history)

Immediate Disqualifiers – Several factors can affect the investigation but immediate disqualifiers are:

  • Less than full disclosure of any required information (positive or negative)
  • Illegal Drug Use (within 7 years)
  • DUI (within 7 years)
  • Probation
  • Foreign Relations that can compromise government security

If for any reason a Secret Security Clearance is unable to be acquired, the internship offer may be rescinded.