Scottish Justice Fellowships 2021 - launched today

14th September 2021

Scottish Justice Fellowships 2021 - launched today


An initiative which will see six recent PhD graduates receive £5,000 to turn their justice-related research into compelling content for policy makers and practitioners has been launched today. (Tuesday 14th Sept) 

A call for applications to the Scottish Justice Fellowship, which is a unique scheme funded by the Scottish Government in partnership with the Scottish Centre for Crime and Justice Research (SCCJR) and the Scottish Institute for Policing Research (SIPR), will run until 20th October. 

The successful applicants will be expected to produce a short, written summary of their topic and are invited to consider producing infographics or even a podcast to help broaden the reach of their work.

This is the second year of the Scottish Justice Fellowships, which were created in recognition that more knowledge exchange and dissemination was needed to support the substantial untapped resource found in PhDs completed in Scotland on policing, crime, and justice. 

The new 2021 Fellows are expected to begin in December and complete by around July. During this time, they will be provided with policy and academic mentors, invited to attend writing workshops, and given support throughout the process. 

Cabinet Secretary for Justice Keith Brown said:
“The Scottish Government is committed to using the best available evidence to inform our policy and decision-making and I recognise the important contribution academic research can make to this process. This innovative scheme, funded by the Scottish Government, will allow us to draw on previously untapped PhD research that will strengthen Scotland’s justice system and help keep communities safe.”

Alistair Fraser, Director of the Scottish Centre for Crime and Justice Research, said:
“Scotland has a reputation for producing world-class research on crime and justice that informs policy makers, practitioners and academics alike. This is a fantastic opportunity for the recent PhD graduates to build their CV and networks, contributing to this vitality."

Liz Aston, Director of the Scottish Institute for Policing Research said:
“We are delighted to launch the second round of the Scottish Justice Fellows scheme, which supports the development of early career researchers and enhances knowledge exchange and evidence informed policy and practice.”

The first Scottish Justice Fellowship winners: Emma Forbes, Kirsty Deacon, Annie Crowley, Shane Horgan and Fern Gillon all published their work in February this year.

If you wish to find out more about the application process, please visit the SCCJR or SIPR website for more details and download one of our application forms.