Graduate Research Fellowship Program

The NIJ Ph.D. Graduate Research Fellowship program provides awards for research on crime, violence, and other criminal justice-related topics to accredited universities that support graduate study leading to research-based doctoral degrees. NIJ invests in doctoral education by supporting universities that sponsor students who demonstrate the potential to successfully complete doctoral degree programs in disciplines relevant to the mission of NIJ (i.e., social and behavioral sciences, and science, technology, engineering, and mathematics).

Objectives of the Fellowship Program

The NIJ Ph.D. Graduate Research Fellowship (GRF) program provides awards for research on crime, violence, and other criminal justice-related topics to accredited universities that support graduate study leading to research-based doctoral degrees. NIJ invests in doctoral education by supporting universities that sponsor students who demonstrate the potential to successfully complete doctoral degree programs in disciplines relevant to the mission of NIJ.

Award Details and Applying to the Fellowship Program

Topics of interest to NIJ under this program vary from year to year but students from any academic discipline may propose original research that has direct implications for criminal justice in the United States. NIJ encourages a variety of approaches and perspectives in its research programs. NIJ awards these fellowships in an effort to encourage promising doctoral students in the application of critical and innovative thinking to pressing criminal justice problems.

The official applicant to the Graduate Research Fellowship Program is the sponsoring academic institution. Students must contact and seek the assistance of their university office of sponsored research or office of research, grants and contracts. For more information:

Date Modified: February 25, 2013