The National Institute of Justice (NIJ) is a research, development, and evaluation agency within in the US Department of Justice. The institute is focused on using science to understand crime and justice issues, as well as to gain knowledge about making informed decisions to help criminal and juvenile justice communities. NIJ aims to reduce crime and advance justice at state and local levels. To reach those goals, the National Institute of Justice supports graduate students’ research though its Graduate Research Fellowship Program.
The NIJ Graduate Research Fellowship program supports graduate students conducting research that advances the NIJ mission. Thus, research can focus on the needs of victims and communities, creating a fair justice system, and exploring research methods to help answer basic research questions, among other guiding topics.
Historically, the Graduate Research Fellowship program has had two tracks: the Social and Behavioral Sciences track (GRF-SBS), which supports research in behavioral and social sciences fields including psychological science, and the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (GRF-STEM) track, which supports life sciences, physical sciences, and engineering, among other fields. Starting this year (2020), however, the program accepts applicants into a single pool rather than splitting them up by track.
Applications for the NIJ Graduate Research Fellowship Program are due April 15, 2020.