If you are unable to complete this application due to a disability, contact [email protected] to ask for an accommodation or an alternative application process.


Thank you for applying to the Cybersecurity Talent Initiative (CTI). Below are the instructions to complete your application. As a reminder, this application form will close on Friday, November 5, 2021, at 11:59 p.m. EST. If you have any questions, please contact CTI staff at [email protected]. 


The 2021 application form has three steps. You must complete all steps to be considered for this year's program.   
 Step 1 - Personal Information

All applicants must click "Start Application" below and complete all fields on the ensuing page in order to move forward with the rest of the application. 



Step 2 - Application Form

Educational background
. List all schools attended, depending on your level of education. You must upload and submit transcripts (unofficial transcripts will suffice) for each school you list. 

Professional background and endorsement.
Upload and submit your current professional resume to highlight your work experience, including any internships. You may also note any current cybersecurity certifications on this page.

Provide contact information for the person that you identify to complete the CTI Endorsement Form to verify your technical capabilities. Further details and instructions about the endorsement form are in the application.

The endorsement form must be completed directly by the person you list (the endorser), and we must receive it directly from the endorser no later than Friday, November 12, 2021, at 11:59 p.m. EST.

Essays. You will be asked to complete four (4) short essay questions that will help assess your candidacy to the program. These essay topics include your leadership experience, problem-solving capabilities, and interest in cybersecurity and this cross-sector opportunity. (Note: To avoid losing your work due to a system timeout, we strongly recommend when you come to this part of your application, that you copy/paste the questions into any word processing app you like. Then use this application's save & resume feature (top right corner), and reopen your application after you've completed your essay responses, and finally copy/paste your responses into the appropriate sections.)

Military service and demographic information. 
You will be asked if you served in the military and to provide supporting documents.
According to federal regulations, agencies must apply veterans’ preference as part of their selection process. Demographic information is optional. 



Step 3 - Submit Your Application

Please remember to hit the “Submit” button at the very end (page 6) of this application once your application is complete. You will have an opportunity at that time to review your responses and print a copy for your records. 

After submission, you will receive immediate on-screen confirmation of your submission, as well as further information about the application timeline, and when you should expect to hear something. You should print this for your records.

You will also receive an email confirmation when your endorser completes your endorsement form.



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