The NIJ Ph.D. Graduate Research Fellowship program provides awards for research on crime, violence, and other criminal justice-related topics to accredited universities that support graduate study leading to research-based doctoral degrees. NIJ invests in doctoral education by supporting universities that sponsor students who demonstrate the potential to successfully complete doctoral degree programs in disciplines relevant to the mission of NIJ (i.e., social and behavioral sciences, and science, technology, engineering, and mathematics).


  • $41,000 annual student salary
  • $16,000 annually for tuition, fees, and administrative costs
  • $3,000 annually for research expenses
  • Up to three years of funding, usable over a five-year period.

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