Visiting Fellows Program

The Visiting Fellows Program offers criminal justice professionals and researchers a unique opportunity to participate in research addressing criminal justice issues relevant to the work of NIJ and public policy.

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Objective of the Visiting Fellows Program

NIJ's Visiting Fellows Program will bring leading researchers into residency at NIJ to make important scholarly contributions in a specific area of criminal justice research in the fields of social science, forensics and criminal justice technology. A Visiting Fellowship also gives scholars an opportunity to work with the NIJ Director and staff to help shape the direction of NIJ's research programs.

The Visiting Fellows Program is designed to support important foundational scholarship, "capstone" research, or other important work in an established line of research. Alternately, it may support scholarship in an important and innovative research field that has the potential to establish a new area of criminal justice research.

Applicants in all areas of criminal justice scholarship pertinent to NIJ's broad research mission — including the social sciences, forensic sciences and criminal justice technology — are eligible for a Visiting Fellowship. We encourage researchers from a broad range of disciplines to consider how their work in areas related to crime and justice might be supported through the NIJ Visiting Fellows Program.

Award Details and Applying to the Fellows Program

Visiting Fellows will be accomplished researchers and others with credentials and experience that demonstrate significant achievements in — and a continuing commitment to — using research to advance our ability to solve the persistent challenges of crime and justice.

NIJ will recruit:

  • Research Fellows who have worked mainly in academic or other research settings.
  • Policy Fellows who have worked mainly in a criminal justice policy or practice setting.
  • Partnership Fellows — a Research Fellow and a Policy Fellow working together on a joint project.

Each Visiting Fellow will be expected to complete a major piece of scholarship during their fellowship at NIJ. This may be a capstone effort, culminating an important research effort conducted over a longer period of time; or it could be an important new piece of scholarship that has the potential to establish a new direction for criminology or criminal justice research. NIJ is especially interested in funding Fellows who can make significant contributions toward building a cumulative body of research knowledge in a given area.

In addition to their own scholarship, Visiting Fellows will be expected to participate in a wide range of collegial work with the NIJ Director and the NIJ staff. Much of this collegial work will be designed to shape and inform the core knowledge-building work of NIJ.

NIJ plans to release a solicitation for this program annually. Candidates for Visiting Fellowships follow the same application process as other applicants for NIJ funding.

The funding level for each Visiting Fellowship will be largely determined by the salary requirements of the applicant, which must be fully documented in the budget and budget narrative.

Applicants should be aware that most fellowships will include a 6-18 month term of residency at NIJ and ordinarily will not exceed a total period of two years. (A shorter residency, while not preferable, may be considered.)

You are strongly encouraged to carefully read the solicitation to which you are applying as details and requirements may change from year to year.

List of Visiting Fellowship Awards

Year and Award Number [1]FellowProject Title
(links to abstract or report if available)
2016-R2-CX-K002Dr. André Rosay Violence Against Indian Women Research Program$236,958
2012-PJ-BX-K001Dr. André Rosay Violence Against Indian Women Research Program$493,357
2011-IJ-CX-K059Mark Kleiman Controlling Crime: Reducing Incarceration$248,712
2011-IJ-CX-K060James M. Doyle Learning From Error in American Criminal Justice$191,239
2004-IJ-CX-0005Barry Latzer Multistate Analysis of Time Consumption in Capital Appeals$85,530
2003-IJ-CX-1027Martin Schwartz Police Investigations of Rape — Roadblocks and Solutions$316,040
2002-IJ-CX-0026B. Michael Dann Testing the Effects of Selected Jury Trial Innovations on Juror Comprehension of DNA Evidence$12,100
2002-IJ-CX-0017Janine Wedel Corruption Conundrum: Bridging Perspectives Between East and West$186,113
2002-IJ-CX-0024Myra Wall Downing Measuring the Impact of Collaboration on Community Safety Problem Solving Initiatives$19,500
1999-IJ-CX-0050Gloria Laycock Social Research — Getting It Right for Practitioners and Policymakers$161,999
1999-IJ-CX-0055David Bayley Lessons in Projecting Police Reform Abroad$44,518
1999-IJ-CX-0002Roger L. Conner Community Safety Law$319,377
1999-IJ-CX-0014Yuriy Voronin Scope, Character and Impact of the Phenomenon of Transnational Crime$61,680
1998-IJ-CX-0047Orlando Rodriguez Labor Markets and Crime: Criminal Justice Policy and Research Issues$115,764
1997-IJ-CX-0058Barbara Boland Assessment of Washington, D.C.'s, Pilot Community Prosecution Initiative$98,721
Carole Elizabeth Chaski Linguistic Methods for Determining Document Authorship


1997-MU-CX-0002Robin W. Burnham Analysis of Global Database on Crime and Criminal Justice$113,615
1997-IJ-CX-0009James Collins Exploring the Links Between Substance Abuse Service and Domestic Violence$209,301
1996-IJ-CX-0004Todd Clear Community Justice Theory and Practice$80,814
1996-IJ-CX-0067Ralph Taylor Influences of Specific Incivilities on Reactions to Crime in Five Cities$167,884
1996-CE-VX-0010Richard Linster Evaluation of Florida's Residential Drug Treatment Prison Diversion Program$112,349
1995-IJ-CX-0021Ronald V. Clarke Problem-Oriented Policing, Case Studies$43,014
1995-IJ-CX-0110William McDonald The Role of Local Law Enforcement in Controlling Illegal Immigration and Other Transnational Crimes$181,414
1995-IJ-CX-0029Michael G. Maxfield The Self-Evaluating Justice Organization: Building Local Evaluation Capacity$70,279
1995-IJ-CX-0112Barbara Boland Rethinking Organizational Strategies and Criminal Justice Performance Measures: The Case of Community Prosecution$294,530
1995-IJ-CX-0033Sergey S. Chapkey Developing an Internet Model for Cross-National Information Sharing and Dissemination$251,848
1995-IJ-CX-0016Thomas J. QuinnToward Common Sense in Sentencing$371,500
1995-IJ-CX-0013George Kelling "Broken Windows" and Police Discretion$58,079
1994-IJ-CX-0004Barbara Boland Emerging Experiments in Community Prosecution$123,939
1994-IJ-CX-0006Gary Cordner Varieties of Rural Policing: An Exploratory Study$68,535
1994-IJ-CX-0014Richard L. Linster Classification for Recidivism Risk: A Hazard Model Approach$210,615
1994-IJ-CX-0043Ellen ScrivnerRequirements AnalysisNA
1994-IJ-CX-0019Thomas C. Castellano Developing the Mature Coping Skills of Criminal Offenders: The Impact of Boot Camp Interventions$212,486
1993-IJ-CX-0001Hellen CorrothersIntermediate Sanctions: Developing an Effective Intermediate Sanction$268,058
1994-IJ-CX-0020Ann Taylor Study of Juvenile Justice Programs in Prosecutor Offices$104,816
1993-IJ-CX-0003Ann TaylorStudy of Prosecution of Domestic Violence in Rural Counties$136,920
1993-IJ-CX-0006Albert ReissOrganizational Problems in PolicingNA
1993-IJ-CX-0056Carol S. Knapel Post-Occupancy Facility Evaluation$109,000
Early Fellows[2]
Year and Award Number (if available)FellowProject Title
(linked to abstract if available)
1980Neal Shover Aging Criminals: Changes in the Criminal CalculusNA
1979Thomas PavlakProcedural Justice in Parole RevocationNA
1979-NI-AX-0077Samuel Krislov New Evidence on the Nature of Courts: Measurement of Judge-Time and the Evaluation of Judicial Performance — Reducing the DiscrepanciesNA
1979Samuel MyersEmployment Opportunities and CrimeNA
1978Judith LachmanRestricting Court Discretion: An Economic Analysis of the Effects on Prosecution and Judicial Decision MakingNA
1978Nicholas KittrieAn Analysis of the Concept of Political CrimeNA
1978Elmer JohnsonCommunity Sub-System of Criminal JusticeNA
1978Keith HawkinsThe Meaning of ParoleNA
Carlos Astiz Interpreting Services in the American Criminal CourtsNA
1977Kent MillerSocial Control in the Mental Health ProfessionNA
1977Wilard HutchinsNational Criminal Justice Baseline Data FileNA
1977Allen BreedActing as Participant Chronicler Observer for the Federal Coor. Criminal on Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Delinquency and the Gang NA
1976Robert RubelHistory of School Crime, 1950-1975NA
1976Robert GaensslenSourcebook in Forensic SerologyNA
1976Paul WiceA Socio-Legal Study of the Private Practice of Criminal LawNA
1975Gerald CaidenEvaluation of Police ReformNA
1975Albert Alschuler The Trial Judge's Role in Plea Bargaining and Alternatives to the Guilty Plea SystemNA
1975-N1-99-0109Mark Haller History of Organized Crime, 1920-1945NA
1975-N1-99-0106Daniel Skoler Study of Governmental Restructuring Needs in Criminal JusticeNA
1975-NI-99-0045Larry Guenther A Study of the Detective Role in Metropolitan Police Systems$25,988
1974-NI-99-0053Michael J. Kelly The Evaluation of Criminal Justice Policy Initiatives$27,020
1974-NI-99-0034John J. Murphy An Unexplored Area in Bail: The Retrieval Process, Who Conducts Retrievals, the Governing Rules and the Reformation of Rules$29,236
1974-NI-99-0031Stuart N. Adams A Study of Factors Associated With Impact in Criminal Justice Evaluations$35,422
1974-NI-99-0029Peter Manning Police Work and Comparative Analysis of Drug Law Enforcement$38,091
1974-NI-99-0028Wesley Skogan Citizen Evaluation of Crime and Criminal Justice: Variations Within and Across American Cities$30,737
1974-NI-99-0027John P.J. Dussich An Analysis of the Effects of Work Release on Self-Esteem$14,034
1974-NI-99-0026Anthony L. Guenther The Social Dimensions of a Penitentiary$5,201
1974-NI-99-0025Robert W. Gillespie Judicial Resources and Court Delay: A Cross-Section Analysis of the Federal District Courts$15,255
1974-NI-99-0024Stuart S. Nagel Applying Operations Research and Economic Modeling to the Legal Process and Criminal Justice$41,866
1971-NI-071-VFEdward S. Ryan A Study of Conflict and Cooperation Between Two Criminal Justice Agencies: Police and Probation$23,331
1971-NI-004-VFGary V. DubinNew Frontiers in Criminal Justice Research$25,860
1971-NI-003-VFJack M. HollAnglo-American Penal Reform 1830 to the Present$22,100
1970-NI-008 EWilliam J. BowersNA$22,000
1970-NI-008 DDavid DurkFeasibility Study of Change in Recruitment$21,000
1970-NI-008 CAlexander J. SeidlerAnalysis of Existing Data on Student Radicalism$15,500
1970-NI-008 BCarol Jean CrowtherSentencing Policy Evaluation$15,000
1970-NI-008 AAnnelise AndersonEconomic Analysis and Organized Crime$6,500

[1] NIJ made no grant awards in the Visiting Fellowship Program from 2005 to 2009.

[2] This list is incomplete but is presented for historical reference.

Date Modified: October 1, 2016​