National Institute of Justice W.E.B. DuBois Fellowship Program


GOAL(S): To advance the field of knowledge regarding the confluence of crime, justice, and culture in various societal contexts AND to provide early career researchers an opportunity to elevate independently generated research and ideas to the level of national discussion. Performance Measures: N/A; Program pending archival upon grant closures.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Program Number
Federal Agency/Office
Office of Justice Programs, Department of Justice
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
B - Project Grants
Program Accomplishments
Not applicable.
Title I of the Omnibus Crime Control and Safe Streets Act of 1968, Part A, Sections 201-202, Pub. L. No. 90-351, 34 USC 10121 - 34 USC 10122 and an act appropriating funds for the Department of Justice in the current fiscal year., Public Law 90-351, U.S.C. 34 USC 10121 - 34 USC 10122
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, researchers and academicians 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, researchers and academicians with research experience in criminal-justice or criminal-justice relevant fields 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 possess a terminal degree in their respective field
Basic minimum requirements for applications are: program narrative, budget detail worksheet and narrative, and resumes/curriculum vitae of key personnel.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
Preapplication coordination is not applicable.
Application Procedure
2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. In FY 2021, applications will be submitted to DOJ in a two-step process. Step 1: Applicants will submit an SF-424 and an SF-LLL in at To register in, applicants will need to obtain a Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) and System for Award Management (SAM) registration or renewal. Step 2: Applicants will submit the full application, including attachments, in JustGrants at To be considered timely, an application must be submitted by the application deadline using, and the applicant must have received a validation message from that indicates successful and timely submission. OJP urges applicants to submit applications at least 72 hours prior to the application due date to allow time for the applicant to receive validation messages or rejection notifications from and to correct in a timely fashion any problems that may have caused a rejection notification.
Award Procedure
Upon approval by the Assistant Attorney General, successful applicants are notified via DOJ's Justice Grants System (JustGrants). The grant award must be accepted electronically by the receiving organizations authorized official in JustGrants
Contact the headquarters or regional location, as appropriate for application deadlines
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
From 60 to 90 days. Up to 180 days for full proposals
There are no appeal rights for rejection of a discretionary application, but for discretionary awards, see 28 C.F.R. Part 18.
Please contact program office for more information.
How are proposals selected?
Application review criteria include: understanding the problem and its importance; quality and technical merit; potential impact; research staff and organization capabilities and competencies; and dissemination plans.
How may assistance be used?
NIJ funds investigator-initiated proposals to conduct research on topics linked to race and crime in violence and victimization, crime and prevention, and justice systems (law enforcement, courts, or corrections). Funding categories include: 1) W.E.B. Du Bois Scholars who are advanced in their careers; and 2) W.E.B. Du Bois Fellows who are early in their careers. Applicants may propose to serve a period of the grant in residence at NIJ; however, residency at NIJ is not required. Beginning in FY 2018, the National Institute of Justice W.E.B. DuBois Fellowship Program is funded under CFDA 16.560 National Institute of Justice Research, Evaluation, and Development Project Grants program.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Performance Reports: Performance measure data, as stipulated in the solicitation, are required. To assist in fulfilling the Departments responsibilities under the Government Performance and Results Act of 1993 (GPRA), Public Law 103-62, and the GPRA Modernization Act of 2010, Public Law 111–352, recipients must provide data that measures the results of their work.
See 2 CFR 200 for audit requirements.
See 2 C.F.R . ? 200.334 for the government-wide requirements for retention requirements for records.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Statutory formula is not applicable to this assistance listing.

Matching requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.

MOE requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
The total period of an award, including one that receives a funding supplement or a no-cost extension, ordinarily will not exceed 36 months for category 1) W.E.B. Du Bois Scholars, or 24 months for category 2) W.E.B. Du Bois Fellows. Lump sum – Grants awards are made in full; however recipients may not obligate, expend, or draw down funds until human subjects protections and privacy certificate requirements are satisfied. Also, a portion of the funds are withheld pending the delivery of written, data and other work products stipulated in the research solicitation or award document.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
None/Not specified.
Headquarters Office
Dr. Angela Moore
U.S. Department of Justice
Office of Justice Programs
National Institute of Justice
810 7th Street, N.W.
Washington, DC 20531 US
Phone: (202) 307-0145
Website Address
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Project Grants) FY 22 FY 23 FY 24 FY 20$0.00; FY 21 est $0.00; FY 19$0.00; FY 18$823,347.00; FY 17 -
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Not applicable/available.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
Applicants may obtain program information by accessing the Institute's web site at under "Funding Opportunities" or calling NCJRS toll free. Telephone: (800) 851-3420.
Examples of Funded Projects
Fiscal Year 2018 • A project examining the question of whether detention and deportation of illegal immigrants reduces crime. • Research to better understand the impact of prosecutorial discretion in Florida criminal courts • A multi-site study of a novel, trauma-informed screening approach to teen dating violence • A multi-site study of risk assessments Implemented in four counties


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