National Institute of Justice Visiting Fellowships


To provide opportunities for experienced criminal justice practitioners and researchers to pursue projects aimed at improved understanding of crime, delinquency and criminal justice administration by sponsoring research projects of their own creation and design.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Deleted 04/30/2006 ("I think it is okay to go ahead and delete it with the understanding that it is unfunded," per Dionne Mitchell, NIJ, 4/27/06)
Program Number
Federal Agency/Office
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
Project Grants.
Program Accomplishments
In fiscal year 2002, two fellowships were recommended for award.
Omnibus Crime Control and Safe Streets Act of 1968, Section 201, as amended; Anti-Drug Abuse Act of 1988, Public Law 100- 690.
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
Fellowship grants are awarded to individuals or to their parent agencies or organizations. IPA appointments also may be negotiated with Fellows' parent agencies. Generally, professionals working in the criminal justice field, including university or college-based academic researchers and upper- level managers in criminal justice agencies are eligible.
Beneficiary Eligibility
Generally, professionals working in the field of criminal justice research are eligible for grants; those working for law enforcement related branches of State or local government units are eligible for grants or IPA appointments. Each prospective candidate must have at least a bachelor's degree.
The applicant must furnish, along with the application for a grant, a resume, a project description which includes the project's scope, a discussion of the methodology, project period, and the anticipated impact of the study on the justice system. Costs will be determined in accordance with OMB Circular No. A-87 for State and local governments.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
Potential applicants are encouraged to request the program announcement for additional information about eligibility requirements, the research priorities of the Institute, and application and selection procedures. The standard application form (SF 424) as furnished by the Federal agency, in accordance with 28 CFR, Part 66 (Common Rule), must be used for this program. This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.12372.
Application Procedure
Detailed information is provided in a program solicitation which is obtained by sending a self-addressed mailing label to NCJRS, Box 6000, Rockville, MD 20849-6000; calling toll free to request a copy at (800) 851-3420; or accessing the web site at under "Funding Opportunities." This program is subject to the provisions of OMB Circular No. A-110 or the Common Rule, where applicable.
Award Procedure
Grants are awarded by the Institute Director based on the recommendations of the Institute staff and outside reviewers.
Concept papers are accepted at any time.
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
Applicants should anticipate a decision time frame of 6 to 9 months from concept paper to award.
Hearing by the Director.
How are proposals selected?
All proposals will be reviewed by a peer review panel. Their selection will be based on: the applicant's experience, the significance and conceptualization of the project topic, the quality and feasibility of the research design, and the potential impact of the project on the criminal justice system.
How may assistance be used?
The funds may be used to conduct research for both adult and juvenile systems on crime causation, crime measurements, crime prevention, law enforcement, criminal justice administration, and the effectiveness and efficiency of anti-crime programs. Fellows conduct their studies while based at the National Institute of Justice.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Fiscal report consisting of quarterly expenditures and budget expenditure reports; final financial report giving costs and expenditures of the complete project; program reports consisting of bi- annual progress reports; and a final report including an executive summary. Other reports may be requested. Financial reporting for IPAs will be negotiated in the appointment agreement.
In accordance with the provisions of OMB Circular No. A- 133 (Revised, June 24, 1997), "Audits of States, Local Governments, and Non-Profit Organization," nonfederal entities that expend financial assistance of $300,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Nonfederal entities that expend less than $300,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in Circular No. A-133.
Records and accounts concerning the expenditure of Institute and grantee or appointee-contributed funds shall be maintained during the grant period and retained for 3 years thereafter.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
This program has no formula or matching requirements.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Project durations are normally not less than 6 months nor more than 18 months.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
Headquarters Office
National Institute of Justice, Department of Justice, 810 7th Street, NW., Washington, DC 20531. Telephone: (202) 307-2942. FTS number is (202) 307-2942.
Website Address
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Grants) FY 02 $170,000; FY 03 est $350,000; and FY 04 est to be determined.
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
In amounts consistent with the applicant's proposed project and the Institute's plans, priorities and levels of financing.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
"Fellowship Opportunities," Visiting Fellowship Program, no charge, available by sending a self-addressed mailing label to Announcement-Visiting Fellowship Program, NCJRS, Box 6000, Rockville, MD 20849-6000 or call (800) 851-3420. It is also available electronically through the web site at or on NIJ's website at under "Funding Opportunities."
Examples of Funded Projects
(1) Police Psychology and Excessive Force; (2) International Prevention and Control of Money Laundering; (3) Intermediate Sanctions: Developing an Effective Intermediate Punishment System Model; (4) Prosecution of Domestic Violence in Rural Counties; (5) Organizational Problems in Policing; (6) Americans with Disabilities Act: Implications for Criminal Justice; and (7) Defining the Characteristics and role of the Community in Community-Oriented Policing Initiatives; (8) Enhancing the outcome of Innovation Boot Camp Programs; and (9) Emerging Experiments in Community prosecution; (10) Classification for Recidivism Risk: A Hazard Model Approach; (11) Toward Common Sense in Sentencing; (12) Impact of Police Order Maintenance on Fear, Crime, and Urban Decay; (13) Problem Oriented Policing Case Studies; (14) The Self-Evaluating Justice Organization: Building Local Evaluation Capacity and (15) The Role of Local Law Enforcement in Controlling Illegal Immigration and Other Transnational Crime; (16) an Orienting Overview on Broken Windows/Disorder and Decline; (17) Linkage of Domestic Violence and Substance Abuse Services; and (18) Analyses of Global Data Base on Crime and Criminal Justice; (19) Restorative Justice: Research Findings and Program Applications; (20) Community Justice Theory and Practice; (21) Problem-Oriented Policing and Crime Prevention; (22) Social Research- Getting it Right for Practitioners and Policy Makers; and (23) Battered Women, Battered Children: Research Toward Coordinated Intervention.


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