National Institute of Justice W.E.B. DuBois Fellowship Program

The primary objective of NIJ?s W.E.B.

Du Bois Fellowship Program?s is to advance the field of knowledge regarding the confluence of crime, justice, and culture in various societal contexts.

The secondary objective is to provide early career researchers an opportunity to elevate independently
generated research and ideas to the level of national discussion.

Agency - Department of Justice

The Department of Justice enforces the law and defends the interest of the United States, ensuring public safety against threats foreign and domestic; providing Federal leadership in preventing and controlling crime; seeking just punishment for those guilty of unlawful pursuits; and ensuring fair and impartial administration of justice for all Americans.

Selected Recipients for this Program

RecipientAmount Start DateEnd Date
Rowan University $ 248,077   2019-01-012021-12-31
University Of Illinois $ 249,425   2019-01-012020-12-31
Multnomah, County Of $ 468,740   2018-01-012020-12-31
Regents Of The University Of California, The $ 499,945   2018-01-012020-12-31
University Of California, Irvine $ 460,324   2018-01-012020-07-31
Trustees Of Indiana University $ 77,768   2019-01-012020-06-30
Portland State University $ 360,619   2018-01-012019-12-31
Rutgers, The State University Of New Jersey $ 141,268   2017-01-012019-12-31
Rand Corporation, The $ 94,368   2017-01-012019-12-31
Syracuse University $ 279,677   2017-01-012019-12-31

Program Accomplishments

Not Applicable.

Uses and Use Restrictions

NIJ funds investigator-initiated proposals to conduct research on topics linked to race and crime in violence and victimization, crime and prevention, and justice systems (law enforcement, courts, or corrections).

Funding categories include: 1) W.E.B.

Du Bois Scholars who are advanced in their careers; and 2) W.E.B.

Du Bois Fellows who are early in their careers.

Applicants may propose to serve a period of the grant in residence at NIJ; however, residency at NIJ is not required. Beginning in FY 2018, the National Institute of Justice W.E.B.

DuBois Fellowship Program is funded under CFDA 16.560 National Institute of Justice Research, Evaluation, and Development Project Grants program.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Fellowship grants are awarded to individuals or to their parent agencies or organizations.

IPA appointments also may be negotiated with Fellows' parent agencies.

Generally, researchers and academicians working in the criminal justice field, including university or college-based academic researchers and upper-level managers in criminal justice agencies are eligible.

Beneficiary Eligibility

Generally, researchers and academicians with research experience in criminal-justice or criminal-justice relevant fields are eligible for grants; those working for law enforcement related branches of State or local government units are eligible for grants or IPA appointments. Each prospective candidate must possess a terminal degree in their respective field.


Basic minimum requirements for applications are: program narrative, budget detail worksheet and narrative, and resumes/curriculum vitae of key personnel. 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles applies to this program.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

Preapplication coordination is required.

Environmental impact information is not required for this program.

This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.


Application Procedures

2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. Detailed information is provided in a program solicitation which is obtained by sending a self-addressed mailing label to NCJRS, Box 6000, Rockville, MD 20849-6000; calling toll free to request a copy. Telephone: (800) 851-3420; or accessing the web site at under 'Funding Opportunities.' This program is subject to the provisions of OMB Circular No. A-110 or the Common Rule, where applicable.

Award Procedures

Applications that are responsive to NIJ?s research solicitation and meet basic minimum requirements are evaluated by peer reviewers and practice/policy subject matter experts using criteria stated in the solicitation. All final award decisions are made by the NIJ Director, and considerations may include, but are not limited to, budget, past performance, research independence and integrity, strategic priorities, and available funding.


Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.


Title I of the Omnibus Crime Control and Safe Streets Act of 1968, Part A, Sections 201-202, Pub. L. No. 90-351, 42 USC 3721 - 42 USC 3722 and an act appropriating funds for the Department of Justice in the current fiscal year.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

From 60 to 90 days. Up to 180 days for full proposals.


There are no appeal rights for rejection of a discretionary application, but for discretionary awards, see 28 C.F.R. Part 18.


Please contact program office for more information.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

This program has no statutory formula. This program has no matching requirements. This program does not have MOE requirements.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

The total period of an award, including one that receives a funding supplement or a no-cost extension, ordinarily will not exceed 36 months for category 1) W.E.B. Du Bois Scholars, or 24 months for category 2) W.E.B. Du Bois Fellows. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Lump sum ? Grants awards are made in full; however recipients may not obligate, expend, or draw down funds until human subjects protections and privacy certificate requirements are satisfied. Also, a portion of the funds are withheld pending the delivery of written, data and other work products stipulated in the research solicitation or award document.

Post Assistance Requirements


Program reports are not applicable.

Cash reports are not applicable.

Reports consisting of bi-annual progress reports; and a final report including a summary are required.

Other reports may be requested.

Fiscal report consisting of quarterly expenditures and budget expenditure reports are required.

Performance measure data, as stipulated in the solicitation, are required.

To assist in fulfilling the Departments responsibilities under the Government Performance and Results Act of 1993 (GPRA), Public Law 103-62, and the GPRA Modernization Act of 2010, Public Law 111?352, recipients must provide data that measures the results of their work.


In accordance with the provisions of 2 CFR 200, Subpart F - Audit Requirements, non-Federal entities that expend financial assistance of $750,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Non-Federal entities that expend less than $750,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in 2 CFR 200.503. See 2 CFR 200 for audit requirements.


See 2 C.F.R . § 200.334 for the government-wide requirements for retention requirements for records.

Financial Information

Account Identification



(Project Grants) FY 17 Not Separately Identifiable; FY 18 Not Separately Identifiable; and FY 19 Estimate Not Available

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

No Data Available.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

Applicants may obtain program information by accessing the Institute's web site at under 'Funding Opportunities' or calling NCJRS toll free. Telephone: (800) 851-3420.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office


Headquarters Office

NIJ, U.S. Department of Justice Office of Justice Programs National Institute of Justice 810 7th Street, N.W., Washington, District of Columbia 20531 Phone: (202) 307-2942.

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Application review criteria include: understanding the problem and its importance; quality and technical merit; potential impact; research staff and organization capabilities and competencies; and dissemination plans.

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