FY 2023 Visiting Fellows Program

Community Supervision: Probation and Parole
Correctional Supervision: Prisons and Jails
Criminal and Juvenile Records
Law Enforcement
Mental Health
Second Chance Act
Substance Use Treatment
Victim Engagement
Grants.gov Deadline: June 13, 2023, 8:59 pm Eastern
Application JustGrants Deadline: June 20, 2023, 8:59 pm Eastern

FY 2023 BJA Visiting Fellows Program Solicitation

Through the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) Visiting Fellows Program, BJA invests in future and current leaders in the criminal justice field to advance priority national policy issues and offer cross-developmental opportunities for Department of Justice (DOJ) staff and criminal justice practitioners and researchers. BJA has identified six focus areas for this fellowship program, one of which is Improving Corrections and Reintegration under the Second Chance Act, which must be an individual who has been formerly incarcerated. 

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 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.

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