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We are no longer accepting applications, these positions have been filled.

The 2022 - 2024 RJRC Fellowship will support a collaborative cohort of U.S. scholars who serve as thought leaders and help to shape the research agenda initiative of the RJRC. Fellows will contribute to the aims of the RJRC through a two-year “think-tank” designed to explore foundational questions, build community, and advance the field of restorative justice research.


The inaugural cohort of Fellows will examine restorative justice approaches in the context of the US criminal legal system. Drawing on experiences, community input, published literature, and lessons from other fields, the Fellows aim to support the identification of emergent patterns, strengths, and needs in the field of restorative justice research. Each fellow is expected to have a strong collaboration with community practitioners and/or those with lived experience who will play a key role as advisors and contributors specific to current and future research needs. The RJRC Fellowship aims to contribute to the advancement of restorative justice research while intentionally supporting the diversity of voices, perspectives, and models of inquiry. 

In the first year of the program, Fellows will engage in a series of round-table discussions focused on an in-depth exploration of topics relevant to restorative justice research efforts: What was researched?  Why was the research conducted? What was the social and political context for the research? How was the research conducted?  What are the gaps and opportunities for the field?  Fellows will be expected to engage with their local community practitioners prior to joining the round-table discussions. All round-table sessions will be summarized on a public blog post for broader community input and reflection.

In June 2023, the RJRC will host a community gathering where Fellows will join other members of the community including community scholars and student participants for a 2-day retreat in Burlington VT. During the retreat the community will reflect on shared learnings in order to contribute to identifying the themes and priority areas for a shared Research Agenda.  

In the second year of the program, Fellows will continue with 4 additional round-table discussions following a similar process as outlined in the first-half of the program. The focus and content of the year 2 round-table sessions will be driven by the Research Agenda developed during the June 2023 retreat.

Collaboration, management, and support for the Fellowship Program will be provided by the RJRC steering committee and postdoctoral associate.

Request for Applications (now closed)

  • Fellows must be researchers with an appointment at an academic or research organization; OR, have the equivalent in professional experience with a demonstrated research affinity.

  • Fellows must have a demonstrated, strong connection to local restorative justice practitioners, and/or those with lived experience, who are committed to collaborating with the Fellow throughout the duration of the program.

  • Fellows are appointed for a 2-year term. 

  • We anticipate supporting an initial cohort of 4 Fellows.

  • Fellows are identified through a request for applications (March 1 - May 15, 2022)

  • Decisions are based on strength of scholarly and professional record, connection to local community practitioners and/or those with lived experience, potential to contribute to collaborative scholarship, and commitment to meaningful engagement with the RJRC.

Fellows - Benefits

  • Collaborate with a cohort of engaged scholars to shape the future of Restorative Justice Research.

  • Receive a discretionary stipend of $25,000.

Fellows - Responsibilities

  • Participate in 8, virtual, 3-hour round-table sessions.

  • Participate in 1, in-person, 2-day, research retreat in Burlington VT. 

  • Engage and support a local collaboration with community practitioners and/or those with lived experience. Partner with local community collaborators to solicit feedback and input on all case-studies and Fellows discussions.

  • Create scholarly products. Throughout the program Fellows are encouraged and supported to identify opportunities to be creative with developing materials for dissemination, as well as venues and mediums, for how, when, and where they are shared.

  • Help grow the RJRC. As stewards of the RJRC, fellows are encouraged to engage their personal and professional networks, helping to create bi-directional awareness and connections surrounding RJRC activities.

  • Acknowledge RJRC financial support in all resulting publications and endeavors, as appropriate.


  • March 1 2022: Request for Applications released

  • May 15 2022: Applications closed

  • June 2022: Fellows identified

  • August 2022: Fellows announced

  • September 2022: Roundtable 1 - project kickoff, virtual

  • November 2022: Roundtable 2, virtual

  • February 2023: Roundtable 3, virtual

  • April 2023: Roundtable 4, virtual

  • June 2023: Retreat, Burlington VT

  • September 2023: Roundtable 5, virtual

  • November 2023: Roundtable 6, virtual

  • February 2024: Roundtable 7, virtual

  • April 2024: Roundtable 8, virtual

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