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How To Apply to the Social Science Graduate Research Fellowship

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November 2015
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This video and accompanying transcript covers Marie Garcia's (NIJ social science analyst) presentation at one of the National Institute of Justice's (NIJ's) Research for the Real World Seminars, in which she provides eight key points of information and advice on applying for an NIJ Graduate Research Fellowship in the social behavioral sciences or the science, technology, engineering, or mathematics fields.
The most important advice is to start the application process early and make sure the application is complete. Second, since the university under which the doctoral research is being conducted must submit the application, it is important to contact the university's grant office so it can do its essential work in the application process. Third, ensure that the dissertation chair reviews the entire research proposal. Fourth, have as many funding streams as possible for the dissertation research and include in the application requested information on all funding sources. Fifth, indicate on the application all letters of support or memoranda of understanding from jurisdictions that are collaborating with the research. Sixth, the research must have implications for policy and practice for the U.S. criminal justice system, so this should be shown in the application. Seventh, the research proposal should focus on research methods and the analytical plan. Eighth, indicate a plan for disseminating research findings and methods, such as through peer review journals and conferences for which the research is relevant to their themes.

Date Published: November 1, 2015