Scholarships for Law Enforcement Officers to Attend the International Association of Chiefs of Police Annual Conference

To help law enforcement officers integrate research into their day-to-day work, NIJ is offering 10 need-based practitioner scholarships to allow mid-rank law enforcement officers to attend the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) Annual Conference and Expo. The conference will be held in Orlando, Florida, October 25-28, 2014. The scholarships will cover the cost of travel, conference registration, per diem expenses and accommodations.

NIJ and the IACP Research Advisory Committee are designing a robust and rewarding educational program for scholarship recipients. In addition to full access to all conference workshops and exhibit halls, the scholarship includes:

  • Orientation dinner (paid for by the IACP)
  • Attendance at the NIJ Saturday Session: What Works and What Matters in Policing
  • Participation in the IACP Research Advisory Committee meeting
  • Attendance at the IACP Excellence in Law Enforcement Research Awards banquet as honored guests (paid for by the IACP)
  • Informal session with IACP Executive Director Vince Talucci and the current NIJ Director to discuss priorities in policing research (tentative)


This scholarship program is for mid-level career police professionals who have demonstrated experience partnering with academic-based or other researchers to implement research initiatives in their departments. Applicants should be sworn officers who are in a position to affect policy and practice within their agencies. Current NIJ grantees are not eligible.

Application Process

Applicants should submit the following to Maureen McGough at by close of business on September 5, 2014:

  • Current resume
  • A 400-word essay explaining how attendance will benefit your agency, what areas of research interest you and how you might integrate research into your agency
  • A letter from a supervisor — on agency letterhead — approving your attendance and affirming that your agency would not otherwise be able to fund your attendance at the Conference

Please direct all questions to Maureen McGough at the email address above or at 202-305-4539.

To learn more about the conference, visit the IACP’s conference Web page Exit Notice.

Date Created: August 15, 2014