Be inspired and take up the research challenge!
Are you a practitioner working with women or girls in criminal justice?
The Griﬃns Society Research Fellowship Programme oﬀers a unique opportunity to explore your own interests or concerns about the treatment of women in the criminal justice system.
You must have an inquiring mind, but previous research experience is not necessary as the programme academic supervisors provide comprehensive supervision and support.
We positively encourage applications from a broad range of candidates, from the public, voluntary or private sectors, and from across all regions of the U.K., but Fellowships are not available to 'professional' researchers, full-time academics or those studying for a degree.
As a fellow, you will become a visiting scholar with our partners, the Institute of Criminology at the University of Cambridge, where you will have access to their extensive library and attend twice-yearly workshops on research techniques, methodology and data analysis. Fellows also attend regular meetings with our Board of trustees in London.
Fellowships are conducted alongside your own work on a ﬂexible part-time basis and usually last for one year.
At the end of your time with us, you are expected to submit a 10,000 word research findings paper which the society then considers for publication.
There is a modest award towards research expenses and a small additional travel bursary.
" Being a fellow completely transformed my career; I developed some great professional relationships and was able to apply for jobs and further research opportunities with confidence and expertise. "Louise Clark, Fellow 2006 'Provision of support for imprisoned adult female street-based sex workers'
Previous Fellows have found participation in the Programme hugely rewarding in a variety of ways, including the intellectual challenge of conducting their own research, having ‘thinking space’ to explore issues outside the conﬁnes of their usual work, and a chance to develop their careers. Several previous research projects have stimulated changes in policy and practice.
Now more then ever when there are enormous pressures on resources, inovative ideas for changes to practice and policy are critical. Through our fellowships programme, we oﬀer you the chance to make a difference.
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" Completing the fellowship was I believe significant in being offered a further opportunity to work as a Research Associate on a project at Manchester University examining the impact of Arts interventions in criminal justice. I now work as a Senior Lecturer in criminology at Manchester Metropolitan university. The fellowship, alongside other key opportunities and experiences, contributed to building my skills and confidence to progress in my research / academic career.
"Becky Clarke, Fellow 2004 'What works? for women who offend: a service user's perspective'
Applicants that are short-listed will be invited for an interview at the Institute of Criminology, University of Cambridge, usually in June and if successful, will be invited to take up the fellowship in September of that year.
Apart from that, we believe that practitioners working with women are particularly well placed to identify if and where things are not working and we are not prescriptive about what ideas you should consider.
But, you must think in terms of ‘outcomes’ – what issue(s) are you looking to address. When you are thinking about your research idea, ask yourself what you are hoping to achieve. Is your aim to bring about change to working practices or is this about influencing policy, or both? Has this area been covered before and if so, what are you proposing that will be different or will add to that understanding; talk to colleagues, do some reading. If this is an area that is under-researched and there are genuine gaps in knowledge, you are more likely to be successful.
If you are self-employed, the letter from the employer that is a requirement could instead be a letter from an organization that uses your services. For anyone running his or her own organization (and therefore technically you do not have an employer!), please include a letter of explanation with your application. If you are a volunteer you will need a letter from the organisation you are volunteering with and through whom you will access the subjects of your research.
In some cases your employer may allow you to carry out your research as part of your day-to-day work, but that is not always the case and so some fellows use it to ‘buy’ time off from their place of work to help in completing the fellowship. Some fellows use the bursary to purchase equipment such as IT (a laptop and/or software for transcribing interviews) or recording devices for use with their research.
We don’t dictate how fellows spend the award, but we do ask that you let us know what it has been spent on in retrospect so we can make judgments about the future size of the award.