Griffin Society Fellowship: Women and the Criminal Justice System


The Griffin Society is a voluntary organisation working for the care and resettlement of female offenders which helps lcoate and implrement best practice for women in the criminal justice system using a three point system;

1. Funding Practitioner led research via the Research Fellowship programme
2. Effective coordination and dissemination of information
3. Facilitating practical projects that emerge from Fellows’ recommendation

Would you like to contribute to practice and policy debates about women offenders by undertaking pioneering research?

The Griffins Society Visiting Research Fellowship Programme offers a unique opportunity to explore your own interests or concerns about the treatment of women in the criminal justice system. Candidates must have inquiring minds but previous research experience is not necessary as the Programme supervisors provide comprehensive supervision and support. We are looking for research proposals that explore the resettlement needs of women at any stage of the justice system or related fields (e.g. housing or drug and alcohol support). We welcome community-based proposals and prison-based research that has a resettlement focus.

We positively encourage applications from a broad range of candidates but Fellowships are not available to full-time academics or those studying for a degree. Fellows are based within the Mannheim Centre for Criminology at the London School of Economics, which provides supervisors in partnership with The Griffins Society. Fellows are only required to attend the LSE periodically for supervision: the Fellowship Programme actively supports applicants from all regions.

Fellowships are usually conducted alongside existing employment commitments on a flexible part-time basis. The Programme lasts one calendar year from October 2009 and on completion Fellows must submit a 10,000 word research paper which The Griffins Society will consider for publication and promotion. Fellow s receive £3,000 towards research expenses.

Previous Fellows have found participation in the Programme 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.

The increase in the prison population and organisational responses to the Corston Review present fresh challenges and opportunities for women offenders and those who work with them. The Griffins Society Visiting Research Fellowship Programme offers you the chance to identify, document, and promote better practice.

The closing date for applications is 30th April 2009.

If you have any questions about the Programme or would like to receive information on how to apply, please contact:

Note: The Griffins Society is currently moving to new premises and we would therefore prefer all enquiries to be made by e-mail, please.
Block Quote taken from Women’s Networking Hub – West Midlands mailout

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