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BJA Visiting Fellows Program

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U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), Office of Justice Programs (OJP), Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA)

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06/21/22 8:59 PM ET - deadline; 06/27/22 8:59 PM ET - JustGrants deadline


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Cooperative agreements to USA and territories nonprofit organizations, for-profit organizations, government agencies, tribes, IHEs, and certain qualified individuals for fellowships that focus on critical criminal justice issues. Applicants are advised that required registrations may take up to several weeks to complete.

OJP is committed to advancing work that promotes civil rights and racial equity, increases access to justice, supports crime victims and individuals impacted by the justice system, strengthens community safety and protects the public from crime and evolving threats, and builds trust between law enforcement and the community. Through the BJA Visiting Fellows Program, BJA invests in future and current leaders in the field to advance priority national policy issues and offer cross-developmental opportunities for DOJ staff and criminal justice practitioners and researchers. 

The purpose of each fellowship is to make important policy and programmatic contributions in a focus area of criminal justice practice. Fellows will collaborate with BJA and DOJ staff members to provide critical outreach, data, research, and subject-matter expertise to inform the development of new BJA strategies and programs to benefit the field. 

Anticipated Areas of Focus for BJA Fellows 

Each fellow will be expected to complete a major set of deliverables that will address critical, chronic, or emerging issues in the criminal justice field and build capacity to address one of the areas of focus discussed in the “Anticipated Areas of Focus for BJA Fellows” section.

BJA is especially interested in funding fellows who can make significant contributions toward building a cumulative body of knowledge in one of the six focus areas below:

  1. Researcher-Practitioner Partnership Fellowship to Reduce Substance-Use-Related Crime and Overdose
  2. Enhancing Support for Persons with Criminal Justice Involvement That Are in Recovery Fellowship
  3. Building Capacity of Community Violence Intervention (CVI) Leaders to Enhance Community Safety Fellowship
  4. Supporting Law Enforcement Outreach, Communication, and Engagement to Enhance Awareness of BJA Resources Fellowship
  5. Enhancing the Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) Implementation Efforts Fellowship
  6. Assessing Pretrial Practices and Supporting Data-driven Pretrial Approaches Fellowship

For more information about the above focus areas, see the following link:

For information about priority areas, see the following link:

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GrantWatch ID#: 171269

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Anticipated Maximum Dollar Amount of Awards: $350,000

Term of Contract:

Period of Performance start date: 10/1/22 12:00 AM
Period of Performance duration: 24 months
Awards made under the BJA Visiting Fellows Program will fund fellowships for a period of 24 months, including a potential residency period of 9 to 12 months, where the fellow will work closely with BJA staff members and potentially work onsite at BJA in Washington, D.C. on a regular basis.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

- Individuals
- State governments
- City or township governments
- Public and state-controlled institutions of higher education
- County governments
- Native American tribal governments (federally recognized)
- Nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
- Private institutions of higher education
- For-profit organizations other than small businesses

Eligible applicants are limited to individuals, as well as state, tribal, or local government, organizations, or academic institutions seeking to provide federal-level experience for one of their staff members. Organizations seeking to place an employee as a fellow under this program will not have programmatic oversight of that staff person for those activities conducted as part of the fellowship. For-profit organizations must agree to forgo any profit or management fee.

For purposes of this solicitation, “state” means any state of the United States, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, Guam, American Samoa, and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands.

All persons serving in the fellowship positions must be U.S. citizens at the time of application. The person seeking to complete the fellowship should have all of the expertise needed to conduct the proposed activities in the fellowship, including at least 5 years of criminal justice experience in the relevant area of practice or research, working in a policy or applied criminal justice setting (such as a criminal justice agency, law enforcement, criminal courts, prosecutor, corrections, or partner agency such as a social service provider) or an agency or office with responsibility for criminal justice and public policy (such as a governor’s or mayor’s office, or other important policy setting pertinent to criminal justice). Researchers should apply only if they have the expertise and specific skills in developing models and applied research tools for the field, implementation of evidence-based practices, collection and analysis of data, and performance management.

Proposals primarily to purchase equipment, materials, or supplies will not be funded.

Pre-Application Information: Deadline June 21, 2022, 8:59 pm Eastern
Application JustGrants Deadline June 27, 2022, 8:59 pm Eastern

Applicants may submit more than one application to separate areas of focus but will only be selected for one award.

Applications will be submitted to DOJ in two steps:

Step 1: The applicant must submit by the deadline the required Application for Federal Assistance standard form (SF)-424 and a Disclosure of Lobbying Activities (SF-LLL) form when they register in at To register in, the applicant will need to ensure that its System for Award Management (SAM) registration is current.

Step 2: The applicant must then submit the full application, including attachments, in JustGrants at To be considered timely, the full application must be submitted in JustGrants by the JustGrants application deadline. OJP encourages applicants to review the “How to Apply” section in the OJP Grant Application Resource Guide and the JustGrants website for more information, resources, and training.

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Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Submit the full application including attachments in JustGrants:

For technical assistance with submitting the SF-424 and SF-LLL in, contact the Customer Support Hotline at 800–518–4726, 606–545–5035, at, or email at

For technical assistance with submitting the full application in DOJ’s Justice Grants System (JustGrants), contact the JustGrants Service Desk at or at 833-872-5175.

For assistance with any other requirements of this solicitation, contact the Response Center by telephone at 800–851–3420 or TTY 301–240–6310 (hearing impaired only), or by email at

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16.735; 16.738; 16.838

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