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Graduate Research Fellowship Program

2020 GRF Award Announcements will be made by Sept. 30, 2020.

Official award notifications are emailed to the Authorized Representative and Point of Contact indicated on the grant application. Student applicants are encouraged to contact their university Office of Sponsored Programs if not hearing from them by that date. Individual award notifications may be made earlier, but all are expected to be made by September 30.

The NIJ Graduate Research Fellowship (GRF) program supports doctoral students engaged in research that advances NIJ’s mission.

The goal of the GRF program is to increase the pool of scholars engaged in research that addresses the challenges of crime and justice in the United States, particularly at the state and local levels.

Previously, the GRF program had two separate tracks:

  • Social and Behavioral Sciences. GRF-SBS supported research in all social and behavioral science disciplines including, but not limited to, criminology, psychology and sociology.
  • Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). GRF-STEM supported research in the life sciences, physical sciences, engineering, computer and information sciences, and the mathematical sciences.

Changes for 2020

Beginning in 2020, NIJ will welcome applications from eligible applicants in all fields to a single GRF funding opportunity, regardless of SBS/STEM distinction. NIJ anticipates that this solicitation will be released in early 2020.

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Contact Information

If you have questions about NIJ’s GRF Program, e-mail [email protected].

Date Created: September 15, 2008