Native Student Travel Scholarship Program: Connecting Science to Crime and Justice

Apply now! NIJ is accepting applications for this travel scholarship. The application deadline is May, 18, 2018. Keep reading to learn how to apply.

Are you an American Indian or Alaska Native student who is enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate program AND are you interested in issues related to public safety, crime, and justice?

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Would you like to learn how your education can be used to solve complex issues in these fields?

If so, the National Institute of Justice (NIJ) would like to help you explore science in criminal justice and public safety through conference scholarships!

To enhance diversity in the field of criminal justice, NIJ will support up to fifteen American Indian and Alaska Native students to attend a criminal justice-related conference to explore the role of science in solving complex problems to increase public safety. Attendance at these conferences will allow students to explore the ways their interest in science applies to crime and justice, and to meet researchers and practitioners currently engaged in similar work. Additionally, students will learn about innovative, evidence-based, and technological solutions to justice issues.

See the 2018 program announcement for details on eligible conferences (pdf, 4 pages).

Funding and Logistics

Funding will cover the costs of conference registration fees, round-trip airfare, lodging, ground transportation, baggage fees, meals, and incidental expenses. Scholarship recipients will be expected to arrange their travel so they arrive prior to and depart after the conference dates listed below. Throughout the conference experience, scholarship recipients will have the opportunity to interact with and learn more about the work of NIJ and NIJ’s scientists, as well as researchers and practitioners from the field of criminal justice. Specific meeting information will be sent to selected applicants at a later date.


Conference scholarships will be available to individuals who:
  • Self-identify as an American Indian or Alaska Native person who is enrolled in, affiliated with, or a descendant of a federally recognized tribe.
  • Are at least 18 years of age at the time of application submission.
  • Are enrolled full-time at an eligible academic institution (including public and private colleges and universities, tribal colleges, community colleges, and vocational and technical schools).
  • Are an undergraduate or graduate student interested in research or evaluation in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM), or a social and behavioral science field.
  • Can commit to attending the entire conference, including travel days before and after the conference.
  • Have not previously received a travel scholarship from NIJ under this program.

Application Process

The 2018 program announcement (pdf, 4 pages) provided specific details regarding application requirements. We encourage you to read it carefully.

The completed application (pdf, 1 page) along with all other required information must be emailed to by May, 18, 2018, 11:59 pm ET.

Date Modified: March 15, 2018