Education Programs

Established in 2008, the National Center for Secure and Resilient Maritime Commerce (CSR) serves as the Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) lead port security research and education center, delivering educational programs, conducting innovative research, and developing new technologies to enhance our nation's maritime security, and safeguard populations and properties unique to U.S. coastal borders, islands, ports, and remote and extreme environments.
Central to the Center's mission, is the transfer of its research into maritime security-centric college-level education, professional development programs, seminars and workshops.
The CSR currently offers the following educational programs and opportunities:
Summer Research Institute (SRI) - A maritime security-focused summer research program.
The CSR Summer Research Institute provides undergraduate and graduate-level engineering and science students a unique opportunity to participate in an intensive eight-week research program designed to tackle critical issues in maritime domain awareness, emergency response and maritime system resilience, to enhance our nation's maritime security.
This highly collaborative, hands-on summer research program emphasizes critical thinking and multi-disciplinary research to generate innovative ideas and novel solutions to address complex maritime security issues.   To learn more about the SRI, please visit the following web link: 
Maritime Systems Master's Degree Fellowship Program
Stevens Institute of Technology in collaboration with CSR have been awarded three consecutive DHS Career Development Grants.  The DHS Career Development Grants provide for full-tuition support and generous monthly stipends high-potential engineering students entering Stevens Institute of Technology's Master's Degree program in Maritime Systems.
The objective of the fellowship program is to enhance the knowledge base, technical skills, and leadership capabilities of the nation's future maritime security workforce and to provide greater access and support for U.S. students pursuing a homeland security focused Master's Degree in Maritime Systems. This fellowship program provides enhanced experiential opportunities and direct pathways for highly skilled students to obtain technical leadership positions in the maritime security domain.  To learn more about the fellowship program, please visit the following Fellowship Opportunities web link:
Doctoral Fellowship in Maritime Security
The Maritime Security Doctoral Fellowship is a three-year fellowship for high-potential, academically talented students interested in conducting cutting edge research and advanced academic study in the fields of Maritime and Homeland Security. The research-oriented fellowship program provides full tuition support, a monthly stipend and other paid fees for individuals of superior caliber who will make original contributions to the theory and practice in the field of Maritime Security.  The three-year accelerated Doctoral Fellowship is supported through funding by a Department of Homeland Security Career Development Grant (CDG).
The mission of the Fellowship program is to provide a strong foundation for solving critical national and global challenges in the maritime domain and Marine Transportation System (MTS) through the use of state-of-the-art technologies and scientific approaches. 
DHS Scholar and Fellow Summer Internship Opportunities
The CSR participates in the annual Department of Homeland Security (DHS) HS-STEM Summer Internship program. To learn more about the DHS Scholar and Fellow Summer Internship, please visit the DHS S&T website at
The CSR's internship opportunities include hands-on research and data collection, as it relates to Maritime Surveillance Technologies and Sensors.