This programme is now open for applications. Given the circumstances of Covid-19,  the deadline for applications is extended to 4pm Monday 4 May 2020.

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 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.

One round of applications is held annually. Members of the IC identify research topics and the Research Fellows work locally with University Research Advisors to develop and submit research proposals that align with the topics.

Research Topics 2020


Determining the impact and use of synthetic biology methods to create existing, modified or new pathogens 2020-01
Near-field explosive properties, understanding the effect of short duration, high intensity environments on adjacent material    2020-02
Detecting needles in haystacks - how can quantum sensors help improving security screening? 2020-03
Measuring deterrence success of public assistance measures 2020-04
Generation of novel sensors for chemical detection 2020-05
Pattern dection (structural) within large complex network graphs  2020-06
Agile manufacturing of multi-constituent metamaterial inspired electromagnetic devices 2020-07
An investigation of 5G technology and the threats it presents for the security community and identification of countermeasure opportunities 2020-08
Research into future millimetre wave wireless systems propagation in modern built and secure environments 2020-09
Smart cities, multimedia mesh networking  2020-10
Automated component recognition for hardware assurance 2020-11
Improving energy storage and energy harvesting in IoT wireless sensor nodes 2020-12
Modelling the effects of mechanical stress for batteries in wearable applications 2020-13
Propagation-resistant safe battery packs without compromising on high energy densities 2020-14
Robust physical layer security for wireless communications 2020-15
Improving quantum and optical sensors using machine learning techniques 2020-16
Reconfigurable broadband RF metamaterials 2020-17
Reasoning for autonomous domain specific robots 2020-18
Cyber influence on behaviour change: Prevalence, predictors, progress and prevention 2020-19
Explainable and trustworthy artificial intelligence 2020-20

UK IC Postdoctoral Research Fellowship topic list 2020 (400.59 KB)

The research is conducted by the Research Fellows 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 four years postdoctoral experience. Each application for the Fellowships is capped at a maximum grant of £200,000 over a two-year period

The Royal Academy of Engineering and the Government Office for Science are committed to diversity and inclusion and welcomes applications from all under-represented groups across engineering. It is the Academy's policy to ensure that no applicant is disadvantaged or receives less favourable treatment because of age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex or sexual orientation.