Cyber Forensics Annual Social Media Open-Source Forensics Software Scholarship

Computer forensics analysis is one of the most important developments in the legal field in recent decades. Computer forensics analysis is a vital tool in both criminal and civil cases and it has reshaped the ways in which cases are investigated and evidence is presented in court. Getting more criminals off the street and helping more victims to get justice is an amazing way of harnessing the power of technology.

To help promote study and scholarship within the important evolving field of computer forensics analysis, Cyber Forensics will begin offering an annual scholarship beginning Spring of 2018. The $1000 scholarship is entitled the Cyber Forensics Social Media Open-Source Forensics Software Scholarship and it is open to a student who can identify the best open-source social media forensics software available to the public.

The student who is awarded the scholarship will demonstrate expertise in forensics software by reviewing and providing an argument for the chosen software product, which they believe, is the best publicly available open source software. Interested applicants should utilize the format demonstrated in the Mobile Device Forensics Software article to submit their reviews.

Students should select a tool that has the ability to analyze as many social media networks and platforms as possible and conduct searches by profiles, links, geolocation data, and any other data-mined content. Submitted reviews should include overviews, screen shots and a personal opinion regarding why the student believes the software is the best available tool.

DEADLINE: June 30th


  • You must be currently enrolled or have been accepted into an accredited college or university by the Fall semester
  • You must have a minimum 2.8 GPA
  • You must submit a transcript, along with a completed application as well as submitted review of software as outlined above.

Terms and Conditions:

Scholarship open to all students attending school in the United States. Applicant must be a student at an accredited school, or be accepted to begin school at an accredited school within 6 months of application. All funds will be disbursed to scholarship recipient by the end of July for the Fall Semester. Scholarship winner is determined solely by our selection committee. All decisions of the selection committee are final.

PRIVACY STATEMENT: We will not sell, share, or distribute the information you submit with your scholarship application to any third parties. The information you submit will be used only for determining the scholarship recipient and deleted after the selection period.

NON-DISCRIMINATION STATEMENT: The winner of the Cyber Forensics Annual Social Media Open-Source Forensics Software Scholarship will be determined by a selection committee set up by Cyber Forensics. Said selection will in no way be influenced by gender, race, national origin, sexual preference or any criteria other than the meeting of the application requirements and our committee’s evaluation of the essay attached with the application.

Scholarship Application Form

  • Accepted file types: pdf, doc, docx, xlsx, xls, Max. file size: 50 MB.
  • Accepted file types: pdf, doc, docx, xlsx, xls, Max. file size: 50 MB.
  • Accepted file types: jpg, jpeg, png, Max. file size: 50 MB.

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