Welcome to the Intelligence Community Postdoctoral Research Fellowship Program

New Research Opportunities open for applications January 4 – February 26, 2021


The Intelligence Community (IC) Postdoctoral Research Fellowship Program (IC Postdoc Program) was established in 2000 to support unclassified basic research in areas of interest to the IC. Funded primarily by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI), the Program annually supports several Postdoctoral Fellows (Postdocs) from U.S. accredited colleges, universities, and U.S. Government laboratories across the country.

In collaboration with Research Advisors, Postdocs develop and submit technical research proposals that align with research opportunities proposed by the IC community. The research is conducted by the Postdocs while working in partnership with the Research Advisor, and collaborating with an advisor from the Intelligence Community (IC Advisor). 

Participants in the IC Postdoc Program have achieved numerous significant accomplishments, including:

  • More than 450 articles in peer-reviewed journals
  • They publish in prestigious journals such as Nature, Science, The Journal of American Chemical Society and Physics Today.
  • Recognized by Forbes List of “30 under 30” in Manufacturing & Industry (2015)
  • Former IC Postdoctoral Fellows have won prestigious awards such as IEEE Intelligent Systems’ Top Ten, Science’s Top 10 breakthroughs, Presidential Early Awards for Scientists and Engineers.
  • An IC Postdoc Fellow recently received a Fulbright from their extraordinary research while in the program. (2018)

Postdocs who have completed their Ph.D. within the last 5 years are invited to apply.


From the ORISE Podcast: Roundtable discussion of the ORISE Intelligence Community Postdoctoral Research Fellowship

The Intelligence Community Postdoctoral Research Fellowship Program was established in 2000 to support unclassified basic research in areas of interest to the intelligence community. Funded primarily by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, the program annually supports several Postdoctoral Fellows from U.S. accredited colleges, universities, and U.S. Government laboratories across the country. In this episode of the ORISE Featurecast, host Michael Holtz sits down virtually with Helena Liuag, IC postdoc program manager; Nebila Lichiheb and Yun Tao, two postdocs participating in the program; and Kevin Lafferty, research advisor. The conversation covers everything from how the program works, to the types of research opportunities available, to the day in the life of a postdoc working from home during a pandemic. Postdoctoral students interested in applying should visit https://orise.orau.gov/icpostdoc/. Deadline to apply is February 26, 2021. Listen to Episode 53 or read the podcast transcript.