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OVC Fellowship Program
Authorized by the Victims of Crime Act, the OVC Fellowship Program was established in 2002 and provides a valuable public service to the Nation while also giving victim service practitioners an exciting and rewarding opportunity to work at OVC offices in Washington, D.C. Fellows provide direct operational assistance to OVC in designing and developing innovative or enhanced service initiatives, management systems, training programs, capacity-building initiatives, and program evaluation efforts.
- Fellowships are competitively awarded through the OVC grant process. Fellowship recipients coordinate closely with OVC victim justice program specialists to carry out their projects and have access to OVC staff grant monitors, victim justice program specialists, or other staff members for guidance, assistance, and consultation during their residence at the agency.
- Applicants must be individuals who have the knowledge and skills to successfully execute the development of training, technical assistance, public awareness, and other informational resources intended for victim service providers and allied practitioners. Applicants must also demonstrate capacity to manage administrative and financial aspects of the cooperative agreement. Organizations are not eligible to apply.
Depending on the OVC program(s) to which a Fellowship recipient is assigned, he or she will primarily focus on one of the following objectives:
- Assisting OVC in enhancing its outreach and training and technical assistance activities that strengthen the ability of state agency grantees to effectively administer formula funding for crime victims’ compensation and victim assistance programs in all states and several territories.
- Supporting the development and institutionalization of evidence-based, culturally appropriate victim service protocols that integrate critical multidisciplinary and multijurisdictional collaborative responses to increase services and support to crime victims in tribal communities.
- Working with discretionary grantees to develop evidence-based national-scope training, technical assistance, and models for programs and practices that build organizational and service provider capacity to serve crime victims; particularly those in populations that are underserved.
- Assisting federal employees and contractors to assess the national-scope training and technical needs of practitioners and organizations that serve crime victims to inform the development of an evidence-based national training and technical assistance strategy for OVC.
Read the OVC Fellowship Guidelines for further information about—
- The application and selection process.
- Audit, programmatic, administrative, financial, and fiduciary requirements.
- Reporting procedures.
- Financial management
- Salary, benefits, and budget.
- Working conditions at OVC.
OVC's frequently asked questions (FAQ) database also offers information about OVC's Fellowship Program and guidelines.
Learn about OVC Fellows’ experiences.
Since 2002, many individuals from the victim services field and allied professions have worked with OVC on various projects through the Fellowship Program.
- OVC’s first Fellow was assigned to the Terrorism and International Victims Unit (TIVU) to assist with the development and implementation of the International Terrorism Victim Compensation Program (ITVCP). This Fellow worked with TIVU to collect names of eligible victims; develop internal operating procedures for implementing the program; identify compatible software with the necessary core competencies to make a recommendation to administrators; create an ITVCP Web site; establish the proper method of compensation payments to international victims; develop the program application and literature; and identify potential vendors that may be asked to conduct an external review of medical and mental health expenses submitted by victims.
- In March 2003, OVC welcomed another Fellow who had been a program director for a comprehensive victim services program and a social worker who provided services to families in crisis for more than 12 years. The primary focus of this fellowship was to understand and assess the needs of victim service organizations seeking to build capacity and institutionalize services within their communities. OVC was invested in a needs assessment process that guided the delivery of training and technical assistance to the field. The Fellow supported OVC’s initiative by gathering data about capacity-building resources available to nonprofit victim service programs and the needs and problems experienced by executive directors and program managers nationwide. In addition, the Fellow was able to expand OVC’s expertise and understanding of the mental health and service delivery needs of child and adult victims and co-victims of homicide.
Visit the Current Funding Opportunities section of the OVC Web site to view available OVC Fellowship Program opportunities. Also, search OVC's frequently asked questions (FAQ) database for answers to your questions about OVC's Fellowship Program.