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How To Apply to the STEM Graduate Research Fellowship

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November 2015
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This video and accompanying transcript from one of the National Institute of Justice's (NIJ's) Research for the Real World Seminars covers Greg Dutton's (NIJ physical scientist) posing and answering of common questions asked about applying for NIJ's Graduate Research Fellowship in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (GRF STEM).
The video explains that the GRF STEM sponsors promising doctoral students in these fields whose research is relevant to criminal justice policy and practice in the United States. Those eligible to apply are students currently enrolled in Ph.D. programs in all STEM fields, including but not limited to the physical sciences, life sciences, computer and information sciences, engineering, mathematics, and statistics. The applicant's thesis committee must have approved the research topic before fellowship funds will become available. An applicant's university must submit the application on her/his behalf; therefore, it is important that the applicant initiate contact with her/his university's Office of Sponsored Research or similar office early in the process. Those selected as fellows receive a student stipend of $35,000 each year and up to $15,000 to cover tuition and fees, research expenses, travel, conference expenses, and other costs related to conducting the research and disseminating the findings. With proof of enrollment and satisfactory research progress, fellows can receive up to 3 years of support. Currently, the program is selecting up to 20 new fellows each year. The GRF STEM has helped young scientists start productive careers that contribute to the advancement of science in support of criminal justice policy and practice.

Date Published: November 1, 2015