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Professional Development Scholarships

NEW REQUIREMENTS - The Professional Development Scholarship Program has been revised. Please review the Eligibility Criteria section for details on requirements.

We are no longer accepting applications for the 40th Annual NOVA Conference in Chicago, Illinois on August 17-20, 2014 and 2014 National Center for Victims of Crime National Conference in Miami, Florida on September 17-19, 2014.

The Office for Victims of Crime is pleased to announce the availability of professional development scholarships to those who work with victims of crime. The program provides up to $1,000 for individuals, $1,500 for individuals traveling from outside the contiguous United States, and up to $5,000 for multidisciplinary teams of victim service professionals seeking education opportunities. The scholarship program is administered by the Office for Victims of Crime Training and Technical Assistance Center (OVC TTAC).

The OVC Professional Development Scholarship Program covers some or all of the following:

  • Tuition/registration fees (excluding late registration fees)
  • Lodging expenses (up to the federal government rate)
  • Meals/incidentals (up to the federal government rate)
  • Ground transportation
  • Transportation expenses (not to exceed $600)

Scholarship awards are based on eligibility, are limited to available funds, and are processed in the order in which applications are received. Scholarships are non-transferable and can be used only for professional development related to an applicant's responsibilities for serving victims of crime. Scholarship awards are not intended to cover licensing and/or credentialing fees.

OVC TTAC must receive the completed Individual or Multidisciplinary Team (MDT) Professional Development Scholarship application at least 60 calendar days prior to the event or the request will be rejected - NO EXCEPTIONS.

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NEW REQUIREMENTS - The Professional Development Scholarship Program has been revised. Please review the Eligibility Criteria section for details on requirements.

We are no longer accepting applications for the 40th Annual NOVA Conference in Chicago, Illinois on August 17-20, 2014 and 2014 National Center for Victims of Crime National Conference in Miami, Florida on September 17-19, 2014.

Program Guidelines

  • Scholarship funds are available for reimbursement of professional development expenses of up to $1,000 for individuals, $1,500 for individuals traveling from outside the contiguous United States, and $5,000 for multidisciplinary teams.
  • Scholarships are limited to available program funds and processed in the order in which applications are received.
  • Only one scholarship per person and per organization will be awarded in any 12-month period from the date of the event.
  • Scholarships are non-transferable.
  • Professional Development Scholarship funds are provided through a reimbursement process after the event.
  • Scholarship awards are not intended to cover licensing and/or credentialing fees.

Eligibility Requirements

Eligible applicants for the OVC Professional Development Scholarship Program include service providers from any organization – public, nonprofit, or faith-based – who provide direct victim services within the United States, District of Columbia, and the following U.S. territories: American Samoa, Guam, Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico, and U.S. Virgin Islands.

Eligible applicants include:

  • Crime victims and survivors (who have provided direct victim services for a year)
  • Victim service providers and advocates
  • Social service providers
  • Mental health workers
  • Health care professionals
  • Substance abuse workers
  • Law enforcement professionals
  • Prosecutors
  • Multidisciplinary teams (MDT) of victim service providers (up to five individuals)

Individuals as well as multidisciplinary teams of up to five individuals may apply (e.g. prosecutors, victim service providers, law enforcement professionals, health care providers, etc.).

Ineligible applicants include:

  • OVC consultants
  • Federal employees
  • Military personnel
  • Individuals featured as speakers or trainers at the event for which they are requesting support
  • Individuals who do not provide direct services to victims of crime
  • Applicants and/or organizations who have received a scholarship within 12 months from the event date

Please Note: OVC TTAC is federally prohibited from providing technical assistance that may be used to participate in, support, or advocate for the legalization or practice of prostitution.

Award Criteria and Requirements for Individual Applicants

  • OVC TTAC must receive the completed application at least 60 days prior to the event or the request will be rejected – NO EXCEPTIONS.
  • Applicant currently provides direct services to victims of crime and has been doing so for at least 1 year.
  • Applicant's organization has insufficient funds for training.
  • The request for training and post-conference requirements are supported by applicant's supervisor.
  • The event furthers OVC's organizational mission and professional objectives for victim services staff.
  • The training/event is delivered by a credible organization.
  • The event focuses primarily on developing skills related to providing direct victim services.

Scholarship applicants are encouraged to check other sources of financial assistance and combine aid from various sources whenever possible. OVC reserves the right to deny scholarships to individuals or multidisciplinary teams seeking financial support to attend a training or event supported by other OVC discretionary or formula grant funding.

Award Criteria and Requirements for Multidisciplinary Team (MDT) Applicants

An MDT consists of (up to five) individuals from various disciplines collaborating to assist victims. All award criteria and requirements that apply to individual applicants apply to MDT applicants, plus the following:

  • No single discipline can be represented more than once within the team.
  • All applications for an MDT scholarship must be submitted within 48 hours of each other.
  • Incomplete MDT submissions will be denied.
  • The MDT must identify one member as the team coordinator to ensure all applications are submitted within 48 hours of each other and to respond to followup questions.
  • All MDT members must complete their own applications using information specific to their organizations' budget and requested expenses.

Post-Conference and Reimbursement Requirements

To receive reimbursement for your expenses, you must complete these action items and return documentation to OVC TTAC within 30 days of the event . Your supervisor must support the fulfillment of all post-conference requirements.

Scholarship recipients must provide the following:

  • Reimbursement Expense Voucher
    Recipients are required to submit an expense voucher along with itemized receipts for all OVC approved expenses for which you are seeking reimbursement.
  • Evaluation Form
    Recipients are asked to provide feedback on the scholarship application process and the conference event.
  • Post Conference Report
    Recipients are required to explain how new skills and knowledge gained from the conference contribute to their ongoing work with crime victims.

NEW REQUIREMENTS - The Professional Development Scholarship Program has been revised. Please review the Eligibility Criteria section for details on requirements.

We are no longer accepting applications for the 40th Annual NOVA Conference in Chicago, Illinois on August 17-20, 2014 and 2014 National Center for Victims of Crime National Conference in Miami, Florida on September 17-19, 2014.

What does the scholarship pay for?

The OVC Professional Development Scholarship covers some or all of the following:

  • Tuition/Registration fees (excluding late registration fees)
  • Lodging expenses (up to the federal government rate)
  • Meals/incidentals (up to the federal government rate)
  • Ground transportation
  • Transportation expenses (not to exceed $600)

Scholarship approval is not guaranteed. We advise you not to make any financial commitment until you receive confirmation from OVC TTAC.

Visit the Overview section for more information.

What is a multidisciplinary team?

A multidisciplinary team (MDT) consists of individuals from various disciplines collaborating to assist victims.

Visit the Eligibility Criteria section for more information.

What is the maximum award?

  • Up to $1,000 for individuals, $1,500 for individuals traveling from outside the contiguous United States, and $5,000 for multidisciplinary teams.
  • Scholarship funds are provided through a reimbursement process after the conference.

Scholarship approval is not guaranteed. We advise you not to make any financial commitment until you receive confirmation from OVC TTAC.

Visit the Overview section for more information.

When is the application due?

OVC TTAC must receive the completed Individual or Multidisciplinary Team (MDT) Professional Development Scholarship application and all application materials at least 60 calendar days prior to the event or the request will be rejected - NO EXCEPTIONS. Online submissions are strongly encouraged.

When will I be notified of an award decision?

Program applicants are notified of OVC's decision within 1 month of application receipt under normal circumstances.

Scholarship approval is not guaranteed. We advise you not to make any financial commitment until you receive confirmation from OVC TTAC.

What are the reimbursement requirements?

  • Scholarship funds are provided through a reimbursement process after the conference.
  • The Expense Voucher must be submitted 30 calendar days after the event.
  • Itemized receipts are required for all expenses incurred, including meals, taxis, etc.
  • A mileage statement from an online mapping service is required when mileage expenses are requested.
  • Scholarship recipients must complete ALL post-conference requirements in order to be eligible for reimbursement.

Visit the Eligibility Criteria section for more information.

What if I have additional questions?

If you have questions regarding the application process, please contact OVC TTAC at TTAC@ovcttac.org or via phone at 1-866-OVC TTAC (1-866-682-8822); TTY: 1-866-682-8880.


NEW REQUIREMENTS - The Professional Development Scholarship Program has been revised. Please review the Eligibility Criteria section for details on requirements.

We are no longer accepting applications for the 40th Annual NOVA Conference in Chicago, Illinois on August 17-20, 2014 and 2014 National Center for Victims of Crime National Conference in Miami, Florida on September 17-19, 2014.

OVC TTAC must receive the completed Individual or Multidisciplinary Team (MDT) Professional Development Scholarship application and all application materials at least 60 calendar days prior to the event or the request will be rejected - NO EXCEPTIONS. If you have any questions about the process, please call 1-866-OVC TTAC (1-866-682-8822) for assistance.

Before submitting your application, please review:

Checklist To Ensure a Complete Application

Apply Online

To apply for an OVC Professional Development (PD) Scholarship, please complete the Online Application Form.

To complete your existing application, please login to access your application.

Apply by Mail

To apply by mail, download and complete the application form below:

Professional Development Scholarship Application (PDF 93.1 kb | MS Word 573 kb)

Send your completed application form to OVC TTAC at the address, e-mail, or fax listed below.

U.S. mail: OVC TTAC
9300 Lee Highway
Fairfax, VA 22031-6050

Fax: 703-225-2338

Scan and E-mail: TTAC@ovcttac.org

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