The Racial Democracy, Crime and Justice Network is now accepting applications for its 2024 Summer Research Institute: Broadening Participation & Perspectives.
Application materials are due by 5:00 p.m. EST February 16, 2024. See below for more details, and see here for a PDF version of the application information.




The Racial Democracy, Crime and Justice Network’s Summer Research Institute (SRI) is designed to promote scholarly success and career advancement among untenured faculty from underrepresented groups working in areas of crime and criminal justice.  Faculty pursuing tenure in research-intensive institutions, academics transitioning from teaching to research institutions, and faculty members carrying out research in teaching contexts are encouraged to apply for the three-week intensive institute. The first week will follow a virtual program format and the next two weeks will be in-person at the University of Maryland (UMD), College Park.  Transportation, lodging, meals, and office space will be provided to each fellow.  During the Institute, each Fellow will complete the project proposed in this application (either a research paper, grant proposal, or book/chapters) in preparation for submission for publication or agency funding review. The SRI will provide support to complete the project including senior faculty mentorship, networking opportunities, professional development workshops, and a culminating, two-day symposium.

The SRI is a three-week intensive program aimed to provide Fellows a unique opportunity to concentrate their time and effort towards their project and professionalization activities including building their cohort comradery.  As such, SRI fellows are expected to prioritize their time to meet the demands of the SRI including being in person for the last two weeks of the SRI program, attending all meetings and activities for the duration of the Institute, as contributing members of the Summer Research Institute’s intellectual community. The Summer Research Institute is organized by Professors Rod K. Brunson (UMD-College Park) and María B. Vélez (UMD-College Park).




Eligibility: Applicants must hold or be starting regular tenure-track appointments in U.S. institutions and demonstrate how their involvement broadens participation of underrepresented groups in crime and justice research.

The application form (a Google form) is linked here.

Full applications must include:

  1. Completed questions on the Google form;
  2. Statement of interest (double-spaced, 250-500 words);
  3. An abstract that describes in brief (100-150 words) the project to be carried out during the Summer Research Institute;
  4. Draft of complete research paper/proposal/chapter(s) with full references and (if relevant) tables. Please do not send a set of unedited chapters from your dissertation or part of a paper;
  5. Curriculum Vitae (CV).

Please upload the above materials in one single PDF to the Google form.

Specific Instructions:

  1. Completed Application Form. Fill in all personal information on the Google form. The “Proposed Project Title” refers to the paper (or grant proposal or book/chapters) you plan to complete during the SRI.
  2. Statement of Interest (double-spaced, 250-500 words). In this short essay, please: 
    1. introduce and briefly describe your research project and its intended contribution(s);
    2. thinking about your current tenure timeline and the next few years, explain how and why you would benefit from participation in the Summer Research Institute and how this involvement broadens participation of underrepresented groups; and
    3. explain what types of SRI activities will facilitate achievement of your career goals; and
    4. suggest up to three scholars who would be ideal reviewers for your work
  3. Abstract that describes in brief (100-150 words) the project to be carried out during the SRI.
  4. Project Draft. This project may be a draft of a completed paper that needs additional work before sending out for publication review, a paper that was submitted for publication but has not yet been successful in the review process, or an extended proposal for a grant application or book project (with at least one accompanying sample chapter). This must be the project that the applicant intends to complete while at the SRI.
  5. Curriculum Vitae.


Please direct all inquiries to: rdcjn [at]