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Graduate Research Fellowship, Fiscal Year 2020

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Fiscal Year 2020 Awards

We continue to post awards related to 2020 solicitations. The lists of awards below will continue to be updated until all awards made under this solicitation are listed. 

The Graduate Research Fellowship (GRF) program provides grants to accredited academic institutions to support outstanding doctoral students whose dissertation research is relevant to criminal justice. Applicant academic institutions are eligible to apply only if:

  1. The student is currently enrolled in a Ph.D. program in the sciences or engineering; and
  2. The student’s proposed dissertation research has demonstrable relevance to preventing and controlling crime and/or ensuring the fair and impartial administration of criminal justice in the United States.

In recent years, NIJ posted separate solicitations for applicants in the social and behavioral sciences (GRF-SBS) and for those in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics fields (GRF-STEM). All eligible applicants are now invited to apply under this single funding opportunity, without distinction between SBS and STEM.

Learn more about the Graduate Research Fellowship Program and see FAQs.


Number of Awards: 26
Total Amount Awarded: $2,850,786

Date Modified: January 30, 2020

Information regarding designation of the grant point of contact (POC) was added to page 6.

Date Modified: February 10, 2020

On February 4, 2020, NIJ hosted a webinar that provided an overview and discussion of the program. The slides and transcript from this webinar have been added to the end of the funding opportunity document.

Date Modified: March 27, 2020

Information regarding the allowability of indirect costs was revised throughout the funding opportunity document. See Section B. Federal Award Information for details.

Date Modified: April 1, 2020

Additional information regarding the budgeting of funds from the $12,000 Cost of Education Allowance to supplement expenses under the $3,000 Research Expenses category has been added. See Section B. Federal Award Information for details.

Date Modified: April 10, 2020

A hyperlink error on page 18 was fixed. The link (https://nij.ojp.gov/funding/participant-support-costs-and-incentives-social-science-research) now works as intended.

Date Created: January 2, 2020