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Apply to Become a BJS Peer Reviewer


The Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) is seeking individuals from diverse backgrounds and regions to serve as grant application reviewers. Peer reviewers will evaluate competitive grant applications, supporting BJS’s efforts to make fair, equitable, and objective funding decisions. As there are typically more reviewers available than are needed for the number of applications going to peer review, it is not always possible to invite all qualified reviewers to participate. Prospective matches will be contacted via email with an inquiry about availability and interest.

Areas of Focus

Peer review applicants should have criminal justice statistical expertise, as well as knowledge and experience across a wide range of justice-related areas, including, but not limited to:

Adjudication and courtsFraud and identity theftProsecution
Crime victimizationHate and bias crimesReentry
Dating violenceInformation sharing and technologyRape/Sexual assault
Detention facilitiesIntimate partner violence victims and victim interventionSpecialty courts
Domestic violenceJustice systemsTribal justice
Elder abuseJuvenile justiceViolence against women
Electronic/cyber crimeLaw enforcementViolent crimes
Evaluation, research, and statisticsParole 


Reviewer requirements

  • Reviewers will participate remotely to review and score no more than five applications within a 2-week period, earning $125 for each completed application review.
  • Reviewers are required to participate in an Orientation Call, which will define their role and responsibilities, as well as the background and purpose of the grant program being peer reviewed.
  • Reviewers complete their reviews by entering their scores and comments into an automated data system.
  • Most reviews also include a Collaboration Call to discuss applications with fellow reviewers.

How to Apply

If interested, send an email with "BJS Peer Reviewer Candidate" in the subject line to [email protected]. A current resume/curriculum vitae and a valid email address must be included.