Virtual Institutes for Cyber and Electromagnetic Spectrum Research and Employ (VICEROY)

Program to establish academic cyber institutes at institutions of higher learning, to develop foundational expertise in critical cyber and spectrum operational skills for future military and civilian leaders of the Armed Forces and the Department of Defense, including such leaders of the reserve components. 

New VICEROY Website

The VICEROY program is intended to increase the quantity and quality of students who possess job-ready DoD cybersecurity skills upon graduation. The approach is to augment traditional college curricula by providing hands-on, experiential learning opportunities that are uniquely tailored to match the workforce demands of the Armed Services, Department of Defense, and our Defense Industrial Base partners. 

In addition to the required program elements enumerated in NDAA FY19 Sect. 1640(c), each Virtual Institute under the VICEROY program should strive to achieve three key objectives: 

  • Provide an enhanced pipeline for future cyber leaders 
  • Increase diversity in the cyber workforce 
  • Stand as recognized leaders in technology areas of critical importance to our National Defense Strategy 


VICEROY Tri Services Expansion
Interest Submission - Closes May 12, 2023


For first-year undergraduate students, VICEROY offers a special, mission-focused, experiential student internship program. The MAVEN program is run by the Air Force Research Lab Information Directorate (AFRL/RI) and is funded by OUSD(R&E).

MAVEN quickly filled its summer 2023 enrollment slots to capacity, demonstrating the DoD's need for such a program and presenting the possibility of expansion to interested Army and Navy groups for the summer of 2024.

The link below contains more program background information as well as an interest form. To be considered, organizations are asked to submit their interest forms no later than May 12th, 2023

To find out more and fill out an interest form, click here.

To ask a question regarding VICEROY or the MAVENs program, click here.