Apply for NIJ’s Graduate Research Fellowship program in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). To be eligible, a doctoral student must be attending an accredited academic institution and be involved in work relevant to improving criminal justice. For example, the program recognizes research in biology, chemistry, computer science or engineering that could help forensic scientists or crime analysts solve crimes. NIJ anticipates awarding up to 20 fellowships in this application round.


  • Up to three years of funding usable over a five-year period.
  • $35,000 annually to cover salary and related costs.
  • Up to $15,000 annually to cover tuition, fees and research expenses.


Doctoral students must be:

  1. enrolled full-time in one of the following disciplines: the life sciences, chemistry, physics, geosciences, materials research, engineering, computer and information sciences and engineering, or mathematical sciences; and
  2. conducting research that is relevant to ensuring public safety, preventing and controlling crime, and ensuring the fair and impartial administration of criminal justice in the United States.

Although not required by March 30, two milestones must be met before funds can be released. In order to begin active fellowship support, an awarded fellow must:

  • Have a formal dissertation committee chair.
  • Have an approved dissertation topic.

Applications must be submitted via by the academic institution, which must be a fully accredited, doctoral degree-granting institution in the United States or its territories.

The deadline is March 30, 2015. For more information, visit the National Institute of Justice website, or email

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