National Institute of Justice W.E.B. DuBois Fellowship Program

To provide opportunities for researchers with an interest in building knowledge for the enhancement of justice system administration, delinquency prevention, and violence reduction with opportunities to pursue projects aimed at addressing these issues from diverse cultural perspectives and evaluating
the operational complexities of justice system administration manifested in various cultural contexts.

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.

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Program Accomplishments

None. Program will be funded for the first time during fiscal year 2000.

Uses and Use Restrictions

The funds may be used to conduct research for both adult and juvenile systems on crime causation, crime measurements, crime prevention, law enforcement, criminal justice administration, and the effectiveness and efficiency of anti-crime programs.

Fellows conduct their studies while based at the National Institute of Justice.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Fellowship grants are awarded to individuals or to their parent agencies or organizations.

IPA appointments also may be negotiated with Fellows' parent agencies.

Generally, researchers and academicians working in the criminal justice field, including university or college-based academic researchers and upper-level managers in criminal justice agencies are eligible.

Beneficiary Eligibility

Generally, researchers and academicians with research experience in criminal-justice or criminal-justice relevant fields are eligible for grants; those working for law enforcement related branches of State or local government units are eligible for grants or IPA appointments. Each prospective candidate must have at least a doctoral-level or a legal degree of J.D. or higher.


The applicant must furnish, along with the application for a grant, a resume, a project description which includes the project's scope, a discussion of the state-of-the-art methodology, project period, and the anticipated impact of the study on the justice system. Costs will be determined in accordance with OMB Circular No. A-87 for State and local governments.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

Potential applicants are encouraged to request the program announcement for additional information about eligibility requirements, the research priorities of the Institute, and application and selection procedures.

The standard application form (SF 424) as furnished by the Federal agency, in accordance with 28 CFR, Part 66 (Common Rule), must be used for this program.

This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.


Application Procedures

Detailed information is provided in a program solicitation which is obtained by sending a self-addressed mailing label to NCJRS, Box 6000, Rockville, MD 20849-6000; calling toll free to request a copy. Telephone: (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 or the Common Rule, where applicable.

Award Procedures

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


NIJ will release multiple announcements for research funding during the fiscal year. Program deadlines will be included in the announcements of Requests for Proposals in the Federal Register, on NIJ's website at, and on the NCJRS bulletin board and in electronic and hard copy publications.


Omnibus Crime Control and Safe Streets Act of 1968, Section 201, as amended; Anti-Drug Abuse Act of 1988, Public Law 100-690.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

Approximately 90 days from application deadline.


Hearing by the Director.



Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

This program has no formula or matching requirements.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Project durations are normally not less than 6 months nor more than 12 months.

Post Assistance Requirements


Fiscal report consisting of quarterly expenditures and budget expenditure reports; final financial report giving costs and expenditures of the complete project; program reports consisting of bi-annual progress reports; and a final report including a summary.

Other reports may be requested.

Financial reporting for IPAs will be negotiated in the appointment agreement.


In accordance with the provisions of OMB Circular No. A-133 (Revised, June 24, 1997), "Audits of States, Local Governments, and Non-Profits Organizations," nonfederal entities that expend financial assistance of $300,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Nonfederal entities that expend less than $300,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in Circular No. A-133.


Records and accounts concerning the expenditure of Institute and grantee or appointee-contributed funds shall be maintained during the grant period and retained for 3 years thereafter.

Financial Information

Account Identification



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

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

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

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

Applicants may obtain program information by accessing the Institute's web site at under "Funding Opportunities" or calling NCJRS toll free. Telephone: (800) 851-3420.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office


Headquarters Office

National Institute of Justice, Department of Justice, 810 7th Street, NW., Washington, DC 20531. Telephone: (202) 307-2942. Telephone: FTS (202) 307-2942.

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

All proposals will be reviewed by a peer review panel. Their selection will be based on the applicant's experience, the significance and conceptualization of the project topic, the quality and feasibility of the research design, and the potential impact of the project on the criminal justice system.

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