The Graduate Research Fellowship (GRF) program provides grants to accredited academic institutions to support outstanding doctoral students whose dissertation research is relevant to criminal and or juvenile justice. Applicant academic institutions are eligible to apply only if:
- The student is currently enrolled in a Ph.D. program in the sciences or engineering; and
- The student’s proposed dissertation research has demonstrable relevance to preventing and controlling crime, and/or ensuring the fair and impartial administration of criminal and/or juvenile justice, in the United States. Students may not apply on their own behalf. In prior years, NIJ posted separate solicitations for applicants in the social and behavioral sciences (GRF-SBS) and for those in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics fields (GRF-STEM). All eligible applicants are now invited to apply under this single funding opportunity (GRF), without distinction between SBS and STEM. NIJ anticipates continued support for graduate research from all branches of the sciences, and invites applications from eligible applicants regardless of degree program.