Program Overview

The IC Postdoc Program offers scientists and engineers from a wide variety of disciplines unique opportunities to conduct research relevant to the Intelligence Community. The research is conducted by the Postdocs, while working in partnership with a Research Advisor and collaborating with an advisor from the Intelligence Community.

Postdoc appointments are for 24 months. The Program has the discretion to fund a third year, if outlined in the original proposal and approved by ODNI.

Award Details:

  • Annual stipends (which include funds for health insurance) range from $75,000 to $79,000, depending on research location
  • Annual travel budget of $6,000
  • Host institutions (College, University, or U.S. Government Laboratory) receive an annual laboratory budget of up to $5,000
  • Research Advisors receive a $10,000 annual stipend and an annual travel budget of $2,000

Postdoc Eligibility:

  • U.S. citizenship required
  • PhD. received within 5 years of the application deadline

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 Listen to Episode 53 or read the podcast transcript.