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Graduate Student Research Awards

Request For Proposals (RFP) Due Date: May 1, 2019

Award Announcements: May 29, 2019

CJRC Graduate Proposal Submission Form (.pdf)

CJRC Graduate Proposal Submission Form (.docx)

Financial support: $2000 summer funding

The CJRC Graduate Student Research Awards are designed to assist up to two graduate students within the Department of Sociology and Criminology to pursue independent research on a project related to criminal justice, criminology, law, or a related field. Additionally, the Pennsylvania Commission on Sentencing supports up to one award for a graduate student conducting research relevant to their mission.

  • The CJRC Director and Managing Director will review Research Award proposals and determine awardees.
  • Funds are allocated as supplements for summer funding.
  • Faculty mentors are required to invest in the proposed project and advise student progress.

Criteria for Review

  • Priority is placed on innovative and novel ideas that are directly relevant to CJRC themes (Courts and Sentencing, Corrections and Re-Entry, Substance Abuse and Treatment, and Policy and Evaluation) or agency partnerships. Proposals in the area of courts and sentencing may also be eligible for support from the PA Commission on Sentencing.
  • A well-articulated plan of activities that promises progress toward the student’s graduate education and eventual research publication.
  • Proposals must provide evidence for access to the population of interest and/or criminal justice agency monitoring that population.
  • Proposals should demonstrate independent research where the student is the clear principal investigator. Collaborations are permitted, but the student submitting the proposal should clearly lead the research.

Structure and Submission of Proposals

Proposals must be submitted as one document via email to justicecenter@psu.edu. To complete your proposal submission, you must download, complete, and email the forms below:

CJRC Graduate Proposal Submission Form (.pdf)

CJRC Graduate Proposal Submission Form (.docx)

Post Award Presentation

Awardees are expected to present progress toward their research during a Departmental Criminology Forum in the year following their award.