The National Institute of Justice — the research, development and evaluation agency of the U.S. Department of Justice — funds a series of fellowships for people studying criminal justice. NIJ’s Graduate Research Fellowship program provides PhD awards for doctoral research. NIJ also offers the W.E.B Du Bois Fellowship, worth up to $100,000, to provide talented young researchers with an opportunity to elevate independently generated research and ideas to the level of national discussion.
Speaking of the newest award winners, John Laub, Director of NIJ, stated:
“These award recipients are outstanding scholars, students, and researchers who contribute to critical and innovative thinking on crime and justice policy and practice. I look forward to the progress and results related to having these talented individuals working to further NIJ’s mission in criminal justice research.” Read more.
Successful Graduate Research Fellowship applicants must demonstrate a strong knowledge of quantitative and qualitative data analysis studies, so if you are considering applying, be sure to reach out to experienced researchers for help preparing your fellowship application.
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Our step-by-step guide for a competitive fellowship application
1. Create a plan
2. Project proposal ideas
3. Talk to current / former fellows
4. Prepare an effective resumé
5. Find a host institution
6. Write a compelling personal statement
7. Prepare a strong project proposal
8. Get great recommendation letters (P1)
9. Get great recommendation letters (P2)
10. Nail the individual and group interviews