Seth Bonder Scholarship

Seth Bonder Scholarship for Applied Operations Research in Military and Security Applications

The purpose of this scholarship for applied operations research in military and security applications is to promote the development and application of process modeling and operations research analysis to military and security issues. The scholarship provides funding to support the development of highly qualified individuals and promote the interchange of military and security O.R. research knowledge in conjunction with INFORMS.

The Bonder Scholarship consists of a grant of $4,000 (USD) that is intended to provide financial support for a promising young doctoral researcher. In addition, the award winner will be eligible for up to $1,000 (USD) of travel funding to support their participation in MAS presentation sessions and activities at the INFORMS Annual Meeting. INFORMS will waive registration fees for awardees. The tenure of the award is one year.

Application Information

Students pursuing doctoral studies in military and/or national security related operations research or a related discipline (e.g., data science, industrial engineering) are eligible, particularly those with two to three years remaining in their programs. Applicants must be paid-up members of INFORMS. Applications from US and international students are welcome.

Candidates should submit the following materials electronically:

  • a curriculum vita
  • two letters of support (note: In a few cases, when it is needed in order to fully represent the academic and practical strengths of an application, a third letter may be appropriate)
  • a brief statement describing why they are interested in applying operations research to defense-related applications, including military and national security issues
  • a two-page summary of their proposed program of research

Applications are to be submitted by candidates, and letters of support by their respective authors, in portable document format (PDF) via email by July 1, 2022 to:

2022 Committee Chair

Dr. Nate Bastian


Selection Criteria:

  • The scholarship will be granted on the basis of excellence, innovation, preparation, and probability of candidate's success.
  • Candidates will be evaluated on the quality of their preparation to undertake a program of applied operations research in the military and/or national security arena.
  • The proposed program of research will be judged according to its potential for making a significant contribution to the field of applied OR in defense-related applications, including military and national security, as well as the likelihood of successful completion.

All applicants will be notified by the end of August 2022 of competition results.