Doctoral Summit 2020
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2020 Doctoral Summit

The Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences would like to invite 40 advanced doctoral students from accredited Ph.D. programs to participate in the ACJS Doctoral Summit during the 2020 annual meeting. The Annual Meeting will be held March 24 - March 28, 2020 in San Antonio, Texas.

 (2019 Doctoral Summit Closing Dinner)


Acceptance into the Doctoral Summit is a high honor.  Alumni of the Summit often express how participating has elevated their academic preparedness, careers, and life goals.

A 2019 Alumni sent this message:

“I just wanted to send along my profound gratitude for the ACJS Doctoral Summit. As a doctoral student in an interdisciplinary program studying the criminal justice system, I have always felt like an outsider at other conferences. The Summit truly changed this as I came to meet some of the most incredible and inspiring colleagues.

Beyond this, I left with both tangible skills and the self-permission to take breaks and step away from my work when needed…. Thank you so much more than I can say for inviting me to participate in this truly life-altering program!”

- Ariel Ludwig, MPH
Graduate Student, Virginia Tech

(Doctoral Summit Class of 2019)


Students selected to participate in the Summit will be awarded a scholarship that includes the conference registration fee, hotel lodging with an assigned, same-gender roommate for three nights (Wednesday March 25, Thursday March 26, and Friday March 27), and two meals. Students who successfully complete all of the requirements will receive a certificate of completion and official recognition as a Doctoral Fellow of ACJS by the Academy.

Scholarship Requirements and Expectations

Eligibility Conditions
Advanced doctoral students with a minimum 3.5 GPA are encouraged to apply. Advanced doctoral students are those who are done with classes, have taken their qualifying exams (or their program’s equivalent progress marker), or have completed their prospectus. Potential applicants do not have to meet all three criteria to be considered eligible, but they should be further along in their degree progress than newer students. Students must submit both the online form and application packet to be considered. Those who have previously been awarded are not eligible.

Application Materials and Submission Deadline - NOTE: The deadline has passed.
Applicants may self-nominate and should submit their own application package. It is not required that graduate program directors nominate candidates for the scholarship. There is no limit on the number of students who apply from each program. In addition to the ACJS Doctoral Summit online application, the following materials should be submitted in order as one pdf file to Dr. Deeanna Button at by October 15 2019:
   • Cover letter of no more than 500 words
   • One letter of recommendation
   • Current curriculum vitae
   • Current official or unofficial transcript

Files should be saved as last name, first initial (e.g., Button, D.). Please look for a confirmation of receipt within 48 business hours.

Scholarship Selection Process
Applications will be reviewed by the ACJS Doctoral Summit organizers. Each applicant will receive a separate score for their cover letter, recommendation letter, and curriculum vitae. Applicants with the highest scores will be invited to participate.

Selection Process Details and Criteria for Scoring

Important Dates

June 15
  First Call for Applications
December 15
  Deadline to Accept Award
August 15
  Second Call for Applications
January 15
  Final Roster Announced
September 15
  Final Call for Applications
  January 22 
  Deadline to Report Conflicts
October 15
  Deadline to Apply
  January 29
  Reading and Roommate List
December 1
  Notification of Award
  March 24 - 28
  ACJS San Antonio, TX


Please contact Deeanna Button at with any questions.

Download PDF of Call for Participants