The International Information Systems Security Certification Consortium - (ISC)2 - plans to award four, one-year scholarships to fund postgraduate research.
Worth up to £7,000 each, the scholarships are intended to support (ISC)2's work in developing best practice standards.
"It is our mission to provide development opportunities and support for information security professionals throughout their careers, and that begins with students pursuing an information security career," said (ISC)2 chief executive James Duffy.
(ISC)2, a non-profit organisation, trains and accredits IT professionals as certified infor- mation systems security professionals (CISSP) and system security certified practioners (SSCP).
Membership of the organisations has grown rapidly over the past two years as corporate governance regulations such as Basel 2 and Sarbanes Oxley have increased demand for accredited IT security professionals.
The scholarships are open to students wishing to study at any university recognised by (ISC)2, with preference given to those with CISSP and SSCP credentials, or those in financial need.
Students need to submit three character references, a planned budget for how they intend to use their award, and a certified statement from the university validating the application.
The deadline for applications is November.