2017 BJS Visiting Fellows: Criminal Justice Statistics Programs

Funding Agency:
Department of Justice

The Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) is seeking applications to fund one or more BJS visiting fellows to work in its Criminal Justice Statistics Programs. The purpose of this program is to address substantive, methodological, and analytic issues to enhance or inform BJS statistical programs; support the scholarly use of BJS data collections; and expand the body of policyrelevant research that uses these data to further knowledge about and understanding of the operation of the criminal justice system. 

BJS’s Visiting Fellows Program (www.bjs.gov/content/fellows.cfm) aims to facilitate collaboration between academic scholars and government researchers in survey methodology, statistics, economics, and social sciences. BJS visiting fellows have the unique opportunity to address substantive, methodological, and analytic issues relevant to BJS programs and to further knowledge about and understanding of the operation of the criminal justice system. Fellows may conduct research at BJS or at their home site, use BJS data and facilities, and interact with BJS staff.

Fellowship applicants should have a recognized research record or considerable expertise in their area of proposed research. Applicants must submit a detailed research proposal, which will be evaluated on the applicability of the research to BJS programs, the value of the proposed research to science, and the quality of the applicant's research record. Qualified women and members of minority groups are encouraged to apply. 

BJS visiting fellows conduct projects that aim to enhance understanding of the operation of the criminal justice system and contribute to the improvement of BJS’s statistical programs. The BJS Visiting Fellows Program offers researchers, survey methodologists, and statisticians an opportunity to conduct statistical research in a particular area of mutual interest to them and BJS, examine innovative approaches to the analysis and dissemination of BJS data, and interact with BJS staff to gain first-hand knowledge of developments in BJS statistical programs. 

Deadline: May 4, 2017

Agency Website

Areas of Interest

Each year in the solicitation for visiting fellows, BJS identifies priority project areas for applicants to consider addressing in preparing their proposals. These areas are not meant to be exclusive, and applicants may propose topics that fall outside of the identified areas. However, BJS will give priority to the applications that address projects described below.

  • Project 1 Enhanced investigations into the recidivism patterns of state prisoners 
  • Project 2 Mobility patterns of state prisoners before and after their release from prison
  • Project 3 Juvenile justice populations
  • Project 4 Enhance Law Enforcement Data Collections

Eligibility Requirements

Eligible applicants are individuals who have a nationally recognized research portfolio and considerable expertise in their area of proposed research. They should be willing to commit a substantial portion of their time over at least a 12-month period to undertake analyses of BJS data or statistical programs and produce at least one publishable-quality report summarizing their analysis. 



Amount Description

BJS expects to make up to three awards under this solicitation. The period of performance for the visiting fellowship is normally 12 months, beginning October 1 of a year and ending September 30 the following year. However, the start date, duration of the fellowship, and level of effort may vary. The expected start date and duration should be described in the application and project plan. A BJS visiting fellow is expected to commit a significant portion of time to the project. A maximum of $200,000 will be allocated per visiting fellowship. 

Funding Type



Women and minorities encouraged


Social Sciences

External Deadline

May 4, 2017