Criminal Justice Research and Development_Graduate Research Fellowships

To improve the quality and quantity of knowledge about crime and the criminal justice system, while, at the same time, helping to increase the number of persons who are qualified to teach in collegiate criminal justice programs, to conduct research related to criminal justice issues, and to perform more
effectively within the criminal justice system.
Related Programs

Examples of Funded Projects

Resisting Drug Use Among Adolescents; Controlling the Offender in the Community; Eyewitness Memory and Aging; Sentencing Child Sexual Abusers; An Analysis of Police Post Assault Reactions Measuring Procedural Justice; The Fear of Crime by Older Americans; the Criminal Justice System's Handling of Drug Offenders, and Influences of Adolescent Delinquent Behavior.

Fear of Crime and Its Antecedents; Drug Use and Help-Seeking Patterns Among University Students; Differential Drug-Use Patterns Between Institutionalized White and Black Male Delinquents in Georgia; Court Orders of Protection for Battered Women; Forensic Evidence in Sexual Assault Cases; A Survey of Federal, State and Local Prosecutors on Computer Crime; Community Policing and Domestic Violence; Female Gang Involvement in the Midwest: A Two-City Comparison; Violation of Probation Release Conditions and Criminal Recidivism; Impact on Crime of Criminal and Juvenile Justice System Policies and Practices; Specifying Public Support for Corrections Rehabilitation: A Factual Survey Approach; Impact of Managerial Style on the Colombian Distribution of Cocaine to the Wholesale Level; Influence of Neighborhood Disadvantage or Delinquency and Drug Abuse; Evaluation and Review of the Peacemaker Court of the Navajo Nation; Non-Fatal Workplace Violence Epidemiology: Risk Factors and Legal Implications; Variation in Community Policing Activities Across Neighborhoods; The Peer Group Revisited: A Network Approach for Understanding Adolescent Delinquency; and New Estimates of the Cost of Crime: A Hedonic Evaluation.

Agency - Department of Justice

The Department of Justice enforces the law and defends the interest of the United States, ensuring public safety against threats foreign and domestic; providing Federal leadership in preventing and controlling crime; seeking just punishment for those guilty of unlawful pursuits; and ensuring fair and impartial administration of justice for all Americans.

Program Accomplishments

In FY 2003, a total of 41 applications were received under the Graduate Research Fellowship Solicitation, with five awards made.

Uses and Use Restrictions

Eligible students are doctoral candidates engaged in dissertation research and writing on a problem related to law enforcement, crime or criminal justice.

A fellowship is funded for up to 18 months.

This competitive program provides fellowship stipends, major project costs, and certain university fees for a maximum amount of $15,000.

Students who do not qualify for the doctoral program may consider applying for other research grants under the fellowship solicitation.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Accredited institution of higher education offering a doctoral degree program.

Degree does not have to be in criminal justice, but proposed dissertation work must be related to criminal justice issues.

Beneficiary Eligibility

The student must be engaged in writing a doctoral dissertation directly relevant to crime, law enforcement and/or criminal justice.


Eligible graduate students interested in competing for a fellowship must furnish along with the application for a grant, a letter of endorsement from the faculty advisor. Applicants must have completed all degree requirements except the research writing, and defense of the dissertation or an internship prior to the start of the grant. This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-87.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination


This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No.

A-102 and E.O.


Application Procedures

Detailed information is provided in the program solicitation which is obtained by sending a self-addressed mailing label to the National Criminal Justice Reference Service, Box 6000, Rockville, MD 20849-6000 or calling toll free to request a copy at (800) 851-3420 or accessing the web site at under "Funding Opportunities". This program is subject to the provisions of OMB Circular No. A-110.

Award Procedures

Grants are awarded by the Institute Director based on the recommendations of criminal justice experts from outside reviewers and Institute staff.


Applications may be submitted at any time throughout the year. Proposals will be due and subsequently reviewed three times a year, in February, June, and October, with funding decisions made within 60-90 days of the review date.


Omnibus Crime Control and Safe Streets Act of 1968, as amended; Anti-Drug Abuse Act of 1988, Public Law 100-690.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

Approximately 90 days from application deadline.


Hearings by the Director.



Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

This program has no formula and matching requirements.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Project durations are not normally less than 6 months nor more than 18 months.

Post Assistance Requirements


Quarterly financial status and bi-annual project reports are required.

Three copies of the dissertation and an Executive Summary are required upon completion.


All organizations that expend financial assistance of $300,000 or more in any fiscal year must have a single audit for that year in accordance with OMB Circular No. A-133, as amended, unless the audit condition on the award says otherwise. These audits are due to the cognizant Federal agency not later than 9 months after the end of the grantee's fiscal year.


All project records shall be retained for 3 years.

Financial Information

Account Identification



FY 07 $0; FY 08 est not available; and FY 09 est not available.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

In amounts consistent with the Institute's plans, priorities, and levels of financing.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

The program solicitation, "Fellowship Opportunities," is available by sending a self-addressed mailing label to: National Criminal Justice Reference Service, Box 6000, Rockville, MD 20850, or call toll free to request a copy. Telephone: (800) 851-3420. Also available electronically from the Justice Information Center on the world wide web at or on NIJ's web site at under "Funding Opportunities".

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office


Headquarters Office

National Institute of Justice, Washington, DC 20531. Telephone: (202) 307-2942. FTS Telephone: (202) 367-2942.

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Grasp of issues and the relationship of issues to significant problems confronting criminal justice in the United States, description of design and methodology, the potential utility of results, and qualifications of applicant to produce acceptable doctoral dissertation (based upon proposal paper, university endorsement, and researcher's background statement).

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