National Institute of Justice (NIJ) Graduate Research Fellowship Program

Award Info:

Each successful applicant (i.e., the host academic institution) may request up to $50,000 per year for up to three years of support (for a maximum total of $150,000).

Each year of support includes:

  • $35,000 for the fellow’s Salary and Fringe
  • up to $12,000 for Cost of Education Allowance
  • up to $3,000 for Research Expenses


The GRF program supports the development of young scientists engaged in research relevant to NIJ's criminal justice mission. The intent is to give these students the financial support to allow them to devote their full attention to completion of their dissertation research. GRF fellowships include: a student fellow salary; an allowance for tuition, fees, and administrative costs; and an allowance for research expenses. Up to three years of support may be requested.

Students enrolled full-time in a PhD program in a science or engineering field and who propose a dissertation topic relevant to criminal justice are eligible. The applicant academic institution must be fully accredited by one of the regional institutional accreditation commissions recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education.