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Helpful Hints for Applying to the NIJ Graduate Research Fellowship

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November 2015
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In this video and transcript from a session of the National Institute of Justice's (NIJ's) "Research for the Real World Seminars," Marie Garcia, a social science analyst with NIJ, provides eight helpful hints for applying to NIJ's Graduate Research Fellowship Program.
The goal of this NIJ program is to advance the careers of young scholars in the fields of the social behavioral sciences or the science, technology, engineering, mathematics track, with a view toward advancing knowledge related to criminal justice issues in the United States. The first and most important tip for applying to the program is to start the application process early and make sure the application is complete. Since the applicant's university submits the application on the applicant's behalf, the second tip is to contact the university's grant office and ask for assistance. The third tip is to ensure the dissertation chair reviews the entire research proposal. Fourth, have as many funding streams as possible to submit the dissertation research; NIJ can be just one of many funding sources, so all funding sources must be disclosed. Fifth, letters of support or memoranda of understanding from jurisdictions collaborating in the applicant's research should be included in the application. Sixth, the dissertation research must have implications for criminal justice policy and practice in the United States. Seventh, the research proposal should focus on the research methods and the analytic plan. Eighth, include a plan for disseminating research results to the relevant research and practice communities.

Date Published: November 1, 2015