This scheme is currently closed for applications. 

Applications for this scheme are now open and must be recieved by 4pm on Monday 6 March 2017. - See more at:
Applications for this scheme are now open and must be recieved by 4pm on Monday 6 March 2017. - See more at:

The Government Office for Science offers UK Intelligence Community (IC) Postdoctoral Research Fellowships to outstanding early career science or engineering researchers. These Fellowships are designed to promote unclassified basic research in areas of interest to the intelligence, security and defence community. Members of the IC identify research topics and Postdocs work locally with University Research Advisors to develop and submit research proposals that align with the topics.

Topic Title No.
Research into methods to detect manipulated facial images in identity documents or on-line applications 1
Advanced research into archive, analysis and retrieval of video based data 2
Detecting malicious activity on distributed Internet of Things sensor/actuator networks 3
Non-conventional energy harvesters/power sources to provide power in remote locations for 10+ years 4
Security of Automatic Speaker Verification Systems to synthesis spoofing attacks 5
Micro-robotics 6
Crowd modelling in post-event emergency situations 7
Opportunities and risks in the application of deep learning to security screening applications 8
The use of Virtual Reality (VR), Augmented Reality (AR) and Mixed Reality (MR) to enhance briefing and training 9
Novel approaches to compact energy storage and lighter/more efficient autonomous systems 10
Understanding and mitigating side-channels in commodity hardware 11
Cross-linguistic approaches for representing place and movement 12
Quantum sensing and readout with cavity quantum phonodynamics 13

UK IC Postdoctoral Research Fellowship topic list (306.37 KB)

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). The Fellowships are aimed at early career researchers from all branches of science and engineering who have up to five years postdoctoral experience. The Fellowships are fully funded for two years in the first instance, an optional third year of research may be funded.

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.