Intelligence Community Postdoctoral Research Fellowship Programme in UK 2021

The Government Office for Science offers UK Intelligence Community (IC) Postdoctoral Research Fellowships to outstanding early-career science or engineering researchers in 2021.

These Fellowships are designed to promote unclassified basic research in areas of interest to the intelligence, security and defence communities. The Centre for Protection of National Infrastructure, Department for Transport, Defence Science and Technology Laboratory, Home Office, and the National Cyber Security Centre are among the organisations represented in the UK Intelligence Community for the Postdoctoral Research Fellowships.

The research is conducted by the Postdocs while working in partnership with the University Research Advisor, and collaborating with an advisor from the Intelligence Community (IC Advisor).

Worth of Award

  • Each application for the Fellowships is capped at a maximum grant of £200,000 over a 2-year period.
  • An optional third year of research may be funded.


  • Research Fellowships must be held at a UK higher education institution/university in a department that can show it is capable of fully supporting the research project and researcher
  • It is the responsibility of the applicant to make contact with the host institution and gain the formal approval from the relevant Head of Department prior to submitting an application
  • The proposed research project must address one of the topics outlined on the website (also included at the end of this document)
  • Research Fellowships are aimed at early career researchers. Applicants must have been awarded their PhD no more than four years prior to the submission deadline. If applicants have had maternity/paternity leave or other extenuating circumstance, this will be taken into consideration if the relevant dates and detail are provided within the application
  • PhD students are eligible to apply, but must have been awarded their PhD before they start the Research Fellowship or the offer will be withdrawn
  • The applicant must not hold a permanent academic position, e.g. lecturers are not eligible
  • UK IC Postdoctoral Research Fellows are required to devote all their working time to the Research Fellowship. The Research Fellowship must be the Research Fellow’s only source of employment
  • Applicants have no nationality restrictions. The host institution of the research fellowship will be responsible for securing all necessary work permits and related costs
  • Applicants who have applied to this scheme before and were unsuccessful are eligible to re-apply
  • No security vetting is required as part of the Research Fellowship scheme, but by applying to this scheme the applicant is agreeing to be vetted if it becomes necessary during the Research Fellowship. Applicants are asked to declare any reasons why they might not be eligible to work in this area (see Statement of Support and Declaration in the application form). For non-UK citizens, applicants should be aware that there is a 5-year continuous residency requirement prior to the commencement of the Research Fellowship
  • Any applications that are incomplete or do not adhere to the guidelines will be rejected
  • The Royal Academy of Engineering and the Government Office for Science are committed to diversity and welcome applications from women and other groups who are currently underrepresented across science and engineering.
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How to Apply

  • Please read the Applicant Guidance for UK Intelligence Community Postdoctoral Research Fellowships 2021 for full details.
  • Applicants are advised to refer to the Guidance when completing applications online in the Academy’s Grants Management System.
  • If you have any questions, please refer to the Frequently Asked Questions page. If your question is not covered in the FAQ page, then please contact the Research team.
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Deadline: The submission deadline for the 2021 round of applications is 4pm on April 19, 2021.


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