BJA Seeks Visiting Fellows
The Bureau of Justice Assistance is pleased to announce the release of its inaugural BJA Visiting Fellows Program solicitation. This solicitation seeks to address emerging issues and build capacity to improve the administration of criminal justice. The purpose of this program is to leverage state, local or tribal subject-matter expertise to assess areas of need and to develop strategies, tools and policies in collaboration with BJA staff for the benefit of the criminal justice field. BJA will collaborate with practitioners and researchers to build capacity to address gaps in priority and emerging issues in the criminal justice field.
Fellowships will last 12 to 18 months, with a required residency at BJA of at least 6 to 12 months. Fellows will be expected to produce specific deliverables that can address the priority issues, such as outreach to BJA stakeholders, applied research tools, training curricula or toolkits, articles or publications and provision of technical subject-matter assistance. Through this process, the Fellows will assist BJA in enhancing strategies and building capacity and then bring their Fellowship experience back into the field. BJA seeks to place fellows in these five priority areas: Prosecution Integrity, Law Enforcement Data Collection and Performance Management, Public Safety Officers’ Benefits Support, Prison Rape Elimination, and Corrections Reform and Recidivism Reduction. Applications are due June 28, 2012. For more information, see the solicitation at http://www.bja.gov/Funding/12VisitingFellowsSol.pdf.