UK IC Postdoctoral Research Fellowship Programme 2018 for early career reseachers

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Application Deadline- 4pm on Monday 26 March 2018

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.

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.

Eligibility Criteria:

• Fellowships must be held at a UK Higher Education Institute in a department that can show it is capable of fully supporting the research project and researcher.
• The proposed research project must address one of the topics outlined on the website (also included at the end of this document).
• These Fellowships are aimed at early career researchers. Applicants must have been awarded their PhD no more than five years prior to the submission deadline.
• PhD students are eligible to apply, but must have been awarded their PhD before they start the Fellowship or the offer will be withdrawn.
• The applicant must not hold a permanent academic position (lecturers are not eligible).
• UK IC Postdoctoral Research Fellows are required to devote all their working time to the Fellowship and this must be their only source of employment.
• There are no nationality restrictions. For applicants from outside of the EU the Host Institution will be responsible for securing the necessary work permits.
• No security vetting is required as part of the Fellowship scheme but by applying to
this scheme you are agreeing to be vetted if it becomes necessary during the course of the work. Candidates are asked to declare any reasons why they might not be eligible to work in this area and should be aware that there is currently a 5-year residency requirement for non-UK citizens.
• 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.
• Any applications that are incomplete or do not adhere to the guidelines may be rejected.

How to Apply

  • All applications must be submitted via the online system, available here: https://grants.raeng.org.uk.
  • All Applicants must first register with the system and provide some basic log-in details to create a profile.


Visit the Official Webpage of the UK IC Postdoctoral Research Fellowship Programme 2018

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