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Announcing the CyberNYC Fellowship

By The Fullstack Academy Team

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What is the CyberNYC Fellowship?

Fullstack Cyber Bootcamp and the New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC), through its Cyber NYC initiative, are launching a full-scholarship to increase access to cybersecurity skills training for low-income New Yorkers financially impacted by COVID-19. The program provides free tuition to the Fullstack Cyber Bootcamp, the official cybersecurity bootcamp of New York City.

Taught by Fullstack Academy, the bootcamp teaches students how to monitor and secure systems, networks and applications, as well as deploy offensive and defensive tactics needed to respond to cyber breaches. In addition to free tuition, students will receive a laptop for the course if they need one, as well as vouchers for the curriculum’s certifications and fees.

The Center for Internet Security, CACI International and Accenture are just a few of the companies who have hired graduates of the Fullstack Cyber Bootcamp.

Why is Fullstack Cyber Bootcamp offering this fellowship?

“As the City advances its recovery, we know that access to well-paying and in-demand jobs is essential for New Yorkers,” says NYCEDC Acting President Rachel Loeb. “Fullstack Academy’s Cybersecurity Bootcamp accomplishes this goal by training students from every background and every skill level to prepare them for this rapidly growing industry. We’re also proud to support this year’s effort in providing access to training for low-income New Yorkers impacted by COVID-19.”

The Cyber NYC Fellowship comes at a time when there’s an extremely high demand for cyber talent. Fullstack Cyber Bootcamp prepares beginners for entry-level roles like Cybersecurity Analyst. According to research from Burning Glass Technologies, the median entry-level salary for a Cybersecurity Analyst is $87,200 in NYC. However, due to the lack of cyber training, there isn’t enough cyber talent to meet the need. According to EMSI data, 1900 entry-level cybersecurity jobs were posted nationally in Feb 2021. These factors make it an excellent time to start a career in cybersecurity.

“As a New York–based organization, our continued relationship with NYCEDC allows us to join forces and identify additional opportunities where we can assist residents in need and drive our city’s economic future,” says Fullstack Academy President Mogan Subramaniam. “Through this program, we’re able to achieve our goals of equipping fellow New Yorkers with the skills needed to enter a bullish job market while supporting communities that are underrepresented in the cybersecurity industry.”

Who is eligible for the CyberNYC Fellowship?

Below are the eligibility requirements for the CyberNYC Fellowship.

  • Earn $50k or less annually
  • Current resident of NYC (live within the five boroughs)
  • Eligible to work in the US
  • Experienced financial hardship because of COVID-19

Individuals from diverse/underserved backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

How can I apply?

Complete the following steps to be considered for the scholarship.

  • Apply and be accepted to the Fullstack Cyber Bootcamp
  • Once accepted, submit a scholarship application form
    • Note: If awarded a scholarship, you must provide documentation that proves your eligibility.
  • Share your written responses to the questions below (using up to 2,000 characters).
    • What inspires you to follow cybersecurity as a career path and why now? What would you like to do with your new skills?
    • How has the COVID-19 pandemic negatively impacted your life, and how will this scholarship help?

What are the application deadlines?

The CyberNYC Fellowship will be awarded to select students in four upcoming cohorts. To be eligible, students must apply to the bootcamp, receive an admissions decision, and then submit their scholarship application by the scholarship deadlines below.

May 2021, Part-Time:
Scholarship Deadline: Sunday, April 25 at 11:59pm ET
Scholarship Decision: Friday, May 7

August 2021, Full-Time:
Scholarship Deadline: Sunday, June 27 at 11:59pm ET
Scholarship Decision: Friday, July 9

August 2021, Part-Time:
Scholarship Deadline: Sunday, July 11 at 11:59pm ET
Scholarship Decision: Friday, July 23

November 2021, Full-Time:
Scholarship Deadline: Sunday, Oct 3 at 11:59pm ET
Scholarship Decision: Friday, October 15

Start Learning

Interested in learning more about cybersecurity but not ready to apply? Check out our free Hacking 101 video series to learn about current cyber threats, or try our free Cyber OnRamp course to learn Linux Command Line for beginners.

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