National Institute of Justice (NIJ) —
Graduate Research Fellowship

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About the fellowship

The NIJ Graduate Research Fellowship (GRF) program supports doctoral students engaged in research that advances NIJ’s mission.

The goal of the GRF program is to increase the pool of scholars engaged in research that addresses the challenges of crime and justice in the United States, particularly at the state and local levels.

Previously, the GRF program had two separate tracks: Social and Behavioral Sciences (SBS) and Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). Beginning in 2020, NIJ welcomed eligible applicants in all fields to a single GRF funding opportunity, regardless of SBS/STEM distinction.


Applicants must:

  • The doctoral student must have completed all required course work.
  • The doctoral student must have passed qualifying comprehensive exams.
  • The doctoral student must be advanced to candidacy by the university.
  • A Ph.D. student's foreign citizenship does not affect eligibility.

Award amount

Each successful applicant (i.e., the host academic institution) may request up to $50,000 per year for up to three years of support (for a maximum total of $150,000).

Each year of support includes:

  • $35,000 for the fellow’s Salary and Fringe
  • Up to $12,000 for Cost of Education Allowance
  • Up to $3,000 for Research Expenses

Award period

Up to three (3) years of support, usable over a five (5)-year period.

Application deadline

NIJ is not offering a GRF funding opportunity for FY 2021.

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Last updated: July 2021.