The PEPI-G Program: Fellowships with Industry and Government



The Program to Empower Partnerships with Industry and Government (PEPI-G) supports data faculty members, research scientists, postdocs, and graduate and undergraduate students (rising juniors and seniors) from across the country in working on high level problems for the federal government. PEPI-G provides awards to defray housing, transportation, and other costs associated with trips to engage with industry or government partners to launch new collaborations and research projects.

Each applicant is assessed on merit, financial need, expected outcomes, and long-term impact to the individual or institution. Fellowship, which could span 3 – 6 months, will be based on the applicant’s goals and the work-related timeline; therefore, the amount of the awards will vary.

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A qualifying applicant must be an:

  • US Citizen with the ability to pass a Federal Security Clearance
  • Academic professional (i.e. faculty, post-doctoral researcher, research scientist) at an accredited U.S. college or university.
  • Graduate student at an accredited U.S. college or university, or
  • Rising junior and senior undergraduates at an accredited U.S. college or university

The 2022 PEPI-G Program seeks applicants in cybersecurity areas not limited to Cybersecurity (general), Cyber Threat Detection, Cyber Security Analytics, Next Generation Cybersecurity, Cybersecurity Artificial Intelligence / Machine Learning.

Applicants can request 4-12 months for the fellowship.  Selected individuals will receive a stipend of $5000/month for either an in-person or virtual experience. Reporting on project outcomes is required.

Participant Selection

Each applicant will be assessed based on merit, expected outcomes, and long-term impact on the individual project and/or institution.  Selection is subject to available funds, seniority and length of time.

    2020 Partner Project

    The Department of Homeland Security – Advanced Research Projects Agency (HS-ARPA) is the 2020 PEPI-G partner. The DHS Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) develops programs for missions throughout DHS and the larger Homeland Security Enterprise which includes public and private sector partners.  S&T’s Homeland Security Advanced Research Projects Agency (HSARPA) has identified data analytic opportunities for research in various operational contexts.

    Types of Challenges in Priority Areas: DHS is interested in a wide range of advanced algorithmic and analytic applications for static as well as streaming data sets.  Privacy-protecting analytics is of particular importance. Illustrative challenges include: 

    • Human Trafficking – Examining social media to aid in the fight against human trafficking focusing on Non-Text Data, Automating Search and Scalability
    • Disaster Response – Analyzing data associated with the Internet-of-Things in Real-time Analytics for Multi-party, Metro-scale Networks and the challenges it presents to the analytic environments that inform human decision making.
    • Other Topics – Faculty fellows may propose other research topics for consideration. View more information about DHS and its Priority Areas.


    View Full Program Description Here 


    2017 PEPI Participant

    David Gotz

    Pictured to the Left: David Gotz, Ph.D., Assistant Professor in the School of Information and Library Science at the University of North Carolina and PEPI participant. Dr. Gotz collaborated with host company, Allscripts, on the project ‘Applying Scalable Temporal Visual Analytics Methods to Complex Health Analytics Challenges’. Dr. Gotz stated, “PEPI was valuable because it provided the funds needed for prolonged deep-dive discussions between industry and academic experts. In my past experience, these conversations have been limited to a short meeting or perhaps a day-long event of some kind. However, having several consecutive days or weeks to meet, brainstorm, and develop a long term plan was invaluable”.





    2019 PEPI-G Participant

    Pictured to the Left: James Stevenson, Junior, University of Northern Kentucky, Information Technology with an emphasis in Cybersecurity.  James participated as a 2019 PEPI-G Fellow with the DHS-ARPA.  James stated, “Working in the office with [DHS] and on the machine learning project was such an amazing learning experience, and because of that I’m very thankful. Everyone I met at the office were so friendly and knowledgeable, and it was just great to meet them. I truly appreciate the confidence you showed in me by giving me this opportunity to grow professionally and academically”.






    Learn more about our previous cycles of the PEPI-G program:

    Application Requirements

    • Completed Application Form
    • Resume, Biographical sketch, or CV.
    • Background description (1 page max). A clear and detailed statement describing your background and how it is connected to the to one of the proposed DHS priority areas above.

    Important Dates


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