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Cooperative Agreements to USA Nonprofits, For-Profits, Agencies, and IHEs for Criminal Justice Fellowships

Visiting Fellows Program


GrantWatch ID#

Funding Source
U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), Office of Justice Programs (OJP), Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA)
CFDA Number: 16.031, 16.040, 16.585, 16.608, 16.746, 16.812, 16.838
Funding or PIN Number: O-BJA-2023-171742
Array ( [0] => American Samoa (USA); [1] => Guam (USA); [2] => Puerto Rico (USA); [3] => Virgin Islands (USA); [4] => Northern Mariana Islands (USA); )

Geographic Focus
USA Territories: American Samoa (USA);   Guam (USA);   Puerto Rico (USA);   Virgin Islands (USA);   Northern Mariana Islands (USA);

Important Dates
Deadline: 06/13/23 8:59 PM ET - deadline; 06/20/23 8:59 PM ET - JustGrants deadline. Save

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

BJA seeks to invest in current and future leaders in the criminal justice field to advance priority national policy issues and offer cross-developmental opportunities for DOJ staff and criminal justice practitioners and researchers. Awards made under the BJA Visiting Fellows Program will fund fellowships for a period of 24 months, including a “residency” period of 9 to 12 months when the fellow will be expected to commit a significant portion of their time to the fellowship and have an opportunity to work closely with BJA staff members both virtually and with some portion of their time working onsite at BJA in Washington, D.C.

The purpose of each fellowship is to make important policy and programmatic contributions in a criminal justice focus area. 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, policies, and programs to benefit the field.

BJA will host up to eight fellows in the following six focus areas to build capacity to address gaps and emerging issues in the criminal justice field:

  1. Supporting enhanced research partnership efforts to assist in the reduction of substance use-related crime and overdose.
  2. Enhancing support of and reducing stigma for persons with criminal justice involvement who are in recovery.
  3. Improving corrections and reintegration under the Second Chance Act.
  4. Enhancing the Upholding the Rule of Law and Preventing Wrongful Conviction Program.
  5. Advancing strategies to prevent and respond to hate crimes.
  6. Enhancing strategies for addressing violent crime in tribal communities.

Goals, Objectives, and Deliverables:


  • City or township governments
  • County governments
  • For profit organizations other than small businesses
  • Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized)
  • Native American tribal organizations (other than Federally recognized tribal governments)
  • Nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
  • Nonprofits that do not have a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
  • Private institutions of higher education
  • Public and State controlled institutions of higher education
  • Public housing authorities/Indian housing authorities
  • State governments

Additional Eligibility Criteria
Eligible Applicants:
City or township governments, County governments, For profit organizations other than small businesses, Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized), Native American tribal organizations (other than Federally recognized tribal governments), Nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education, Nonprofits that do not have a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education, Private institutions of higher education, Public and State controlled institutions of higher education, Public housing authorities/Indian housing authorities, State governments

Eligible applicants are limited to state, tribal, or local governments, organizations, or academic institutions seeking to provide federal-level experience for one of their staff members who serves a key role in their agency. Organizations seeking to place an employee or representative 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 the 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.

For further eligibility details, see

Pre-Proposal Conference
BJA will hold a solicitation webinar on Monday, May 15, 2023 at 3 p.m. ET. This call will provide a detailed overview of the solicitation and allow an opportunity for interested applicants to ask questions. Preregistration is required for all participants.


Pre-Application Information
The SF-424 and the SF-LLL must be submitted in by June 13, 2023 8:59 PM ET.

The full application must be submitted in JustGrants by June 20, 2023 8:59 PM ET.

To use the webinar time most efficiently, BJA encourages participants to review the solicitation and submit any questions they may have in advance and no later than May 11, 2023.

Before submitting an application, all applicants must register with the System for Award Management (SAM). Registration and renewal can take up to 10 business days to complete.

Applications must be submitted to DOJ electronically through a two-step process via and JustGrants.
- 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 Submit the SF-424 and SF-LLL as early as possible, but no later than 48 hours before the deadline. If an applicant fails to submit in, they will be unable to apply in JustGrants.
- Step 2: The applicant must submit the full application, including attachments, in JustGrants by the JustGrants application deadline.

An applicant entity may submit more than one application to separate focus areas but will only be selected for one award.

OJP Grant Application Resource Guide:

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For a list of relevant application documents, go to the Package tab (press Preview) on the link above.

Additional Funding Information

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Number of Grants

Estimated Size of Grant
Up to $350,000

Term of Contract
Period of Performance Start Date: 10/1/23
Period of Performance Duration: 24 months

Contact Information
Submit pre-webinar questions to

For assistance with the requirements of this solicitation, contact the OJP Response Center at 800-851-3420, 301-240-6310 (TTY for hearing-impaired callers only), or

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

For technical assistance with submitting the full application in JustGrants, contact the JustGrants Service Desk at 833-872-5175 or

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