BJA FY 15 Visiting Fellows Program

BJA’s mission is to provide leadership and services through grant administration and criminal justice policy development to support local, state, and tribal justice strategies to achieve safer communities.

Driving BJA's work in the field are the following principles:
to reduce crime,

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recidivism, and unnecessary confinement; and to promote a safe and fair criminal justice system.

To implement our strategies consistent with these principles, BJA supports effective criminal justice policy, programs, information sharing, and collaborations within state, local, and tribal agencies and communities, and promotes the use of data, research, and information to increase the effectiveness of criminal justice programs.

BJA has four primary components:
Policy, Programs, Planning, and the Public Safety Officers’ Benefits Office.

The Fellows will work in the Policy Office, which provides national leadership in criminal justice policy, training, and technical assistance to further the administration of justice.

It also acts as a liaison to national organizations that partner with BJA to set policy and help disseminate information on best and promising practices.To address emerging issues and build capacity to improve the administration of criminal justice, BJA launched the BJA Visiting Fellows Program in FY 201 2. The intent is to leverage state, local, or tribal subject-matter expertise to assess areas of need and to develop strategies, tools, and policies in collaboration with BJA staff for the benefit of the criminal justice field.

By hosting up to five Fellows with FY 2015 funds, BJA will collaborate with practitioners and researchers to build capacity to address gaps in priority and emerging issues in the criminal justice field.

BJA encourages potential applicants from a broad range of disciplines to consider how their work in areas related to crime and justice might support work in the BJA Visiting Fellows Program’s priority issue areas outlined below.This program is likely to be funded under Economic High-Tech and Cyber Crime Prevention, Services for Trafficking Victims, Second Chance Act, Prison Rape Elimination Act, and Swift and Certain Sanctions/Replicating the Concepts Behind Project HOPE.
Agency: Bureau of Justice Assistance


Estimated Funding: $170,000

Who's Eligible

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Eligible applicants are limited to individuals, as well as state, tribal, or local government, organizations, or academic institutions seeking to provide federal-level experience for one of its staff members.

Organizations seeking to place their employee as a Fellow under this program will not have programmatic oversight of the staff person for those activities conducted as part of the fellowship.

For-profit organizations must agree to forgo any profit or management fee.Eligible applicants for the Second Chance Act Fellow position are limited to individuals who have formerly been incarcerated.All persons serving in the fellowship positions must be U. S. citizens at the time of application.

The prospective Fellow should have all of the expertise needed to conduct the proposed activities in the fellowship, including at least 5 years of criminal justice expertise in the relevant area of practice or research, working in a policy or applied criminal justice setting (such as a criminal justice agency (law enforcement, criminal courts, prosecutor, corrections, or partner agency such as a social service provider), or an agency or office with responsibility for criminal justice and public policy (such as a governor’s office, mayor’s office, or other important policy setting pertinent to criminal justice).

Researchers should apply only if they have expertise and specific skills in developing models and applied research tools for the field, implementation of evidence-based practices, and collection and analysis of data and performance management.Applicants must demonstrate the administrative capacity, particularly fiscal administrative capacity, to manage an agreement or award, as well as the knowledge and skills to successfully execute the proposed fellowship activities.

Eligibility will be determined only after a review of a complete, submitted application.

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