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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.

The Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) 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 whose participation in the event requires traveling to or from 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 expenses:

  • Event 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 not transferable and can be used only for professional development related to an applicant's responsibilities for serving victims of crime. Scholarship awards do not cover licensing or credentialing fees or bachelor/graduate degrees.

OVC TTAC must receive the completed Individual or Multidisciplinary Team (MDT) Professional Development Scholarship application(s) at least 60 calendar days in advance of prior to the event start date, no exceptions granted.

Do you want to let people know that training scholarships are available? Simply follow the directions on the Link to Us page to download and create a graphical link to the OVC Professional Development Scholarship Program page from your website.

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

Program guidelines—

  • Scholarship funds are available for reimbursement of professional development expenses of up to $1,000 for individuals, $1,500 for individuals traveling to or from 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 event start date.
  • Scholarships are non-transferable.
  • Professional Development Scholarship funds are provided through a reimbursement process after the event.
  • Scholarship awards do not cover licensing or credentialing fees or bachelor/graduate degrees.

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, the 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 MDT's of up to five individuals (e.g. prosecutors, victim service providers, law enforcement professionals, health care providers), may apply.

Ineligible applicants include:

  • OVC consultants
  • Federal employees
  • Military personnel
  • Students or individuals seeking degrees/certification/licensure
  • 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 or organizations who have received a scholarship within 12 months from the event start 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 calendar days in advance of the event start date, no exceptions granted.
  • The applicant currently provides direct services to victims of crime and has been doing so for at least 1 year.
  • The applicant's organization has insufficient funds for training.
  • The applicant's supervisor supports the request for attendance and post-event requirements.
  • The event furthers OVC's organizational mission and professional objectives for victim services staff.
  • A credible organization is sponsoring, hosting, or delivering the event.
  • The event focuses primarily on developing skills related to providing direct victim services.

Please note: Scholarship approval is not a certainty. 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 who are collaborating to assist victims. MDT applicants have the same award criteria and requirements that apply to individual applicants, plus these additional requirements:

  • No single discipline can be represented more than once within the team.
  • All MDT applications must be submitted within a 48-hour period.
  • Incomplete MDT submissions will be denied.
  • The MDT must designate one member as the team leader to ensure all applications are submitted within a 48-hour period. The MDT team leader also serves as the main point of contact for any followup questions.
  • All MDT members must complete their own applications using information specific to their organizations' budget and requested expenses.

Post-Event and Reimbursement Requirements

Recipients must complete these action items and return documentation to OVC TTAC within 14 calendar days after the event to receive reimbursement for expenses. The recipient's supervisor must support the fulfillment of all post-event requirements.

Scholarship recipients must provide the following—

  • Reimbursement Form
    Fill out the form based on all incurred costs from attending the event, as outlined by the line item maximums in the award email. Meals and Incidental Expenses (M&IE) are reimbursable up to the maximum allowable Federal Government per diem rate for each day. For current rates, please visit www.gsa.gov/mie for more information. Detailed M&IE receipts are required for each meal. We do not cover any meals provided by the event organizers. Alcohol is not a reimbursable expense.
  • Evaluation Form
    Scholarship recipients are required to complete the online SurveyMonkey survey in order to provide feedback on the scholarship application process. Note: We will delay processing your reimbursement until we receive confirmation that you completed the survey.
  • Post-Event Summary Report
    As a scholarship recipient, you are required to complete a report explaining how you plan to implement the skills and knowledge you acquired from attending the event in your 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.

What does the scholarship pay for?

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

  • Event registration fees (excluding late registration fees)
  • Lodging expenses (up to the Federal Government rate)
  • Meals and incidental expenses (up to the Federal Government rate)
  • Ground transportation
  • Travel expenses (not to exceed $600)

Visit the Overview section for more information.

What is a multidisciplinary team?

A multidisciplinary team (MDT) consists of up to five individuals from various disciplines who collaborate to assist victims.

Visit the Eligibility Criteria section for more information.

What is the maximum award?

  • Scholarship funds are available for the 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.
  • Scholarship expenses are reimbursed upon receiving completed reimbursement paperwork and reports after the event.

Visit the Overview section for more information.

When is the application due?

OVC TTAC must receive the completed Individual or Multidisciplinary Team (MDT) scholarship application(s) at least 60 calendar days in advance of the event start date, no exceptions granted. Online submissions are strongly encouraged.

When will I be notified of an award decision?

OVC TTAC notifies applicants of OVC's decision within 1 month of application receipt under normal circumstances.

What are the reimbursement requirements?

  • Scholarship expenses are reimbursed upon receiving completed reimbursement paperwork and reports after the event.
  • The completed and signed Reimbursement Form must be submitted 14 calendar days after the event.
  • Fill out the form based on all incurred costs from attending the event, as outlined by the travel expenses maximums in the award email. Meals and incidental expenses (M&IE) are reimbursable up to the maximum allowable Federal Government per diem rate for each day. Detailed M&IE receipts are required.
    Please note: Meals provided at the conference are not eligible for reimbursement. Alcohol purchases are not reimbursable.
  • A mileage statement from an online mapping service is required when mileage expenses are requested.
  • Scholarship recipients must complete ALL post-event requirements in order to be eligible for reimbursement.

Visit the Eligibility Criteria section for more information.

What if I have additional questions?

If you need further assistance, please call the OVC TTAC Call Center at 1-866-682-8822 or TTY 1-866-682-8880.

Is an OVC consultant eligible to receive a Professional Development Scholarship?

No. According to OVC Professional Development Scholarship Program policies, OVC consultants are ineligible for Professional Development Scholarships, whether they are contracted to support the event in question or not.

What do OVC consultants need to be aware of if they are interested in applying for Professional Development Scholarships?

  • If an enrolled consultant has not received an assignment in 12 consecutive months, he or she can request to be removed from the OVC Consultant Network.
  • If an enrolled consultant has received an OVC assignment in the past 12 months and requests to be withdrawn from the OVC Consultant Network, he or she will have to wait 12 months from his or her last assignment before applying for a Professional Development Scholarship.
  • An individual who received a Professional Development Scholarship may become a consultant without penalty after 12 or more months from the date of receipt of the scholarship.
  • If an individual applies to be a consultant less than 12 months after receiving a Professional Development Scholarship, he or she will not receive consultant fees for the first two days of his or her TTA assignments (unless the first assignment occurs more than 18 months from receiving the scholarship.)


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

OVC TTAC must receive the completed Individual or Multidisciplinary Team (MDT) scholarship application(s) at least 60 calendar days in advance of the event start date, no exceptions granted.

If you need further assistance, please call the OVC TTAC Call Center at 1-866-682-8822 or TTY 1-866-682-8880.

Before submitting your application, please review—

Checklist to Ensure an Application is Complete

Apply Online

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

To complete your existing application, please log in to access your application.

Apply by Mail

To apply by mail, download and complete the Application Form below:

Professional Development Scholarship Application (MS Word 51 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