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The National Institute of Justice

The National Institute of Justice’s Graduate Research Fellowship (GRF) program supports doctoral research with relevance to crime and criminal justice in the United States.

The fellowship provides up to three years of support within a five-year period and includes:

  • $35,000/year student salary
  • $12,000/year cost of education allowance
  • $3,000/year research expenses

In previous years, NIJ had posted two separate GRF solicitations:  Social and Behavioral Sciences (GRF-SBS) and Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (GRF-STEM).  Starting this year, applicants from all fields of study are invited to apply under a single GRF funding opportunity.The program has awarded 19 – 29 new fellows annually since 2015.

NIJ GRF program website:


2020 funding opportunity:

Program Flyer (pdf)

The program is currently accepting applications. The university applies on behalf of the student through The deadline is April 15, 2020.

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