The Kudla Fellows program is a prestigious and competitive graduate fellowship program established through the generosity of UTSA alumni Frank, ’85 and Nancy Kudla, MBA ’87 through their Kudla Family Foundation. The program supports graduate student research and education in cyber security.

Kudla Fellowship Benefits

  • Access state-of-the-art cyber security research laboratories
  • Collaborate with world-class cyber security researchers during a paid graduate research assistantship
  • Receive up to $12,000 per year toward your program tuition and fees
  • Kudla Fellows are highly sought after by employers


To be eligible for the Kudla Endowed Fellowship in Cybersecurity, applicants must be

  • A U.S. citizen
  • A student in the UTSA Master of Science in Information Technology (MSIT), Cyber Security Concentration program
    • Prospective students who have started an application to the MSIT, Cyber Security Concentration program, and who have an authenticated student abc123, may apply for the fellowship during the application process.
  • Maintain full-time student status while in the program
  • Commit to a year-round (fall, spring and summer semester) paid Graduate Research Assistantship
  • Kudla Fellows may not engage in outside employment during their fellowship, to ensure maximum success and engagement in their academic studies and Graduate Research Assistantship.

Application Requirements

As part of the application process, you will need to provide the following

  • Application cover letter
  • Resume or CV
  • Personal essay (maximum 1,500 words) to answer the following:
    • Discuss your career aspirations and research interests relative to cybersecurity.
    • How have you and/or how might you help others in the future with your knowledge and reputation in cybersecurity?
  • The name of the university, program and GPA for all prior undergraduate and graduate degrees
Application Deadlines
    • Spring Term: Dec. 1 (Apply Now)
    • Summer Term: April 15
    • Fall Term: July 15

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About Our Fellowship Benefactors

Longstanding supporters and alumni of UTSA, the Kudlas established dNovusRDI in 1989, a company that specialized in providing high-end information technology services and solutions to government agencies. Growing the company to over 350 employees nationwide, they successfully sold dNovusRDI in 2008. Today, they continue their work as entrepreneurs through FNK Ventures, LLC, a commercial real estate ownership and management company.

Nancy, one of the first women to graduate from the United States Air Force Academy, is co-chair of UTSA’s Campaign Leadership Council and serves on the boards of the college’s Advisory Council and the Cyber & Analytics Advisory Board. Frank sits on the boards for the Catholic Community Foundation and the Catholic Fraternity Fund. Philanthropic leaders in the community, the Kudlas actively promote San Antonio’s considerable cybersecurity resources to leverage the city as a national leader in the cybersecurity industry and in the education of cybersecurity professionals, particularly women and minorities.

In recognition of their support to the college’s cybersecurity programs, the Carlos Alvarez College of Business dedicated the Kudla Foundation Research Laboratory in their name in UTSA’s North Paseo Building.

Kudla Fellows


Daniel Bringhurst


Kendal Hasson


Anh Phan


Edward Dunn
Jeff Knapp
John Newsom


Gary Muller
Nicholas Mata


Margaret Bole
Catherine Telles


Justin Ibarra
Richard McCaslin


Michele Maasberg

Edward Dunn
Edward Dunn

2018-2019 Kudla Fellow

Edward Dunn
John Newsom
John Newsom

2018-2019 Kudla Fellow

John Newsom
Margaret Bole
Margaret Bole

2016-2017 Kudla Fellow

Margaret Bole
Justin Ibarra
Justin Ibarra

2015-2016 Kudla Fellow

Justin Ibarra
Richard McCaslin
Richard McCaslin

2015-2016 Kudla Fellow

Richard McCaslin
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Recent Happenings

Kudla Fellows Panel at the 2022 Alamo ACE Conference

Panel at Alamo ACE Conference in November 2022. Pictured left to right are Professor Rob Kaufman and past Kudla Fellows Edward Dunn, Kendall Hasson and Richard McCaslin
Professor Rob Kaufman and former Kudla Fellows Edward Dunn, Kendall Hasson and Richard McCaslin participated in a panel discussion about innovative education for gray zone cyber operations at the 2022 Alamo Ace Conference. The panel, moderated by Nicole Beebe, Ph.D., discussed the unique challenges and opportunities of cyber workforce development geared toward defending the gray zone.

Kudla Fellows Presented with Certificates and Pins

Program benefactors Nancy and Frank Kudla were joined by Mark Manglicmot and Joey Jablonksi, the chair and vice-chair of the UTSA Cyber and Analytics Board, and Nicole Beebe, Ph.D., department chair for information systems and cyber security, to present certificates and pins to current Kudla Fellow Danny Bringhurst and former fellows Edward DunnKendall HassonAhn Phan and Richard McCaslin.