The NIJ Research Assistantship Program (RAP) offers highly qualified doctoral students the opportunity to bring their expertise to NIJ to work across offices and program areas to obtain a practical and applied research experience. The RAP is a research focused professional development opportunity for doctoral students. We welcome students from all academic disciplines to apply who wish to connect their research to the criminal justice field. This unique assistantship is an opportunity to learn and contribute to the breadth and depth of science research in which NIJ engages. NIJ provides funds to participating universities to pay salaries and other costs associated with research assistants who work on NIJ research activities.
Research assistants perform a range of research-related duties and must work effectively as part of a larger research team. Research assistants plan and schedule their work based on defined objectives, tasks and priorities with the review and approval of the RAP manager, relevant NIJ staff and the university’s Graduate Program Director.
The research assistant works in Washington, D.C. as a key component of the assistance is collaborating and networking with NIJ and other federal staff in the Capitol Region area. Research assistants may use the funds they receive from their educational institutions through the RAP to pay themselves a salary to cover the cost of living in Washington, D.C.
Note: Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, research assistants may work remotely until onsite working at NIJ has resumed.
If NIJ specifically requests that a research assistant participate in trainings, conferences or similar activities that have associated costs, NIJ, in its discretion, will provide an amount for NIJ- approved costs of participation with university approval. This may include transportation (airfare, train, taxi, or mileage), lodging, per diem for meals and incidentals, and registration fees, which will be in line with federal regulations.
For information about Research Assistantship Duties and Responsibilities, see the Full Grant Text RFP.