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Native Student Travel Scholarship Program: Connecting Science to Crime and Justice

Application closed

The application period for this year has closed. Thank you to everyone who applied.

Are you an American Indian or Alaska Native student who is enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate program AND are you interested in issues related to public safety, crime, and justice?

Would you like to learn how your education can be used to solve complex issues in these fields?

If so, the National Institute of Justice (NIJ) would like to help you explore science in criminal justice and public safety through conference scholarships!

To enhance diversity in the field of criminal justice, NIJ will support up to fifteen American Indian and Alaska Native students to attend a criminal justice-related conference to explore the role of science in solving complex problems to increase public safety. Attendance at these conferences will allow students to explore the ways their interest in science applies to crime and justice, and to meet researchers and practitioners currently engaged in similar work. Additionally, students will learn about innovative, evidence-based, and technological solutions to justice issues.

The 2019 program announcement will have details on eligible conferences.

Funding and Logistics

Funding will cover the costs of conference registration fees, round-trip airfare, lodging, ground transportation, baggage fees, meals, and incidental expenses. Scholarship recipients will be expected to arrange their travel so they arrive prior to and depart after the conference dates. Throughout the conference experience, scholarship recipients will have the opportunity to interact with and learn more about the work of NIJ and NIJ’s scientists, as well as researchers and practitioners from the field of criminal justice. Specific meeting information will be sent to selected applicants at a later date.


Conference scholarships will be available to individuals who:

  • Self-identify as an American Indian or Alaska Native person who is enrolled in, affiliated with, or a descendant of a federally recognized tribe.
  • Are at least 18 years of age at the time of application submission.
  • Are enrolled full-time at an eligible academic institution (including public and private colleges and universities, tribal colleges, community colleges, and vocational and technical schools).
  • Are an undergraduate or graduate student interested in research or evaluation in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM), or a social and behavioral science field (priority will be given to STEM students).
  • Must commit to attending the entire conference, including travel days before and after the conference.
  • Have not previously received a travel scholarship from NIJ under this program.

Application Requirements

To apply for NIJ’s scholarship opportunity, submit the
following items to [email protected] by
11:59 EST on Friday, May 17, 2019:

  • A completed Download the application form
  • A biographical sketch describing the student’s educational and training background, work experience (paid and unpaid), professional and academic accomplishments and honors, organization participation interests, and skills. A biographical sketch should be one to three paragraphs in length and no more than 250 words.
  • Verification of current school enrollment and standing.
  • Undergraduate and graduate transcripts (unofficial accepted).
  • Résumé or Curriculum Vitae.
  • Letter of Support from
    • Academic Advisor, Professor/Instructor, Program Director, or Dean which:
      • Explains how the writer knows the student and the duration of the relationship.
      • Describes the student’s current status in the program of study and evaluates their progress.
      • Evaluates the student’s characteristics, skills, capabilities, and ethics.
      • Highlights the student’s outstanding work, accomplishments, and experiences, academic or otherwise.
      • Verifies that the student has permission to attend the event during the academic school year.
      • Note: Additional Letters of Support will also be accepted behalf of the student from tribal representatives and the student’s employers (paid or unpaid); however, this is optional and not required.
  • Statement of Interest (no more than two single-spaced pages). The statement should address how the applicant’s current field of study could be applied to issues affecting crime and justice. Questions to consider and address in the statement include, but are not limited to:
    • How can your area of study be applied to tribal and/or criminal justice and public safety?
    • Are you interested in a practical or academic future in tribal and/or criminal justice and public safety?
    • What are your future aspirations and goals?
    • Why are you interested in attending your selected conference(s)?

The completed application along with all other required information must be emailed to [email protected] by the deadline.

Although applicants will likely be selected for only one conference, applicants may apply to attend more than one conference to increase their likelihood of selection. Applicants applying to more than one conference must discuss each conference separately in their statement of

The above application elements are required. Incomplete
or late applications will not be accepted.

Download the scholarship flier (pdf, 3 pages) for conference options an more information on the selection process. 

Date Created: October 4, 2019