The Intelligence Community (IC) Postdoctoral Research Fellowship Program was established in 2000 to fund basic research in areas of interest to the Intelligence Community. Today, the Program annually funds first- and second-year Postdoctoral Fellows researching topics as varied as molecular biology, nanotechnology, and robotics.

The IC Postdoctoral Research Fellowship Program ensures that the IC research agenda addresses issues critical to effective intelligence capabilities. Every year, senior scientists in the Intelligence Community identify research topics covering a range of disciplines. Principal Investigators submit research proposals and, once selected, partner with a qualified Postdoctoral Fellow and an advisor in the Intelligence Community to research the designated topic. Together, they produce state-of-the-art research while creating invaluable relationships for the future.

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2015 Cycle Dates


Request Topics and Résumés from IC Advisors

20 August 2014

IC Advisors

Question and Answer Meeting

17 September 2014

IC Advisors

Topics and Résumés Due

10 October 2014

Selection Panel

Topic Evaluation and Selection

21 October 2014


Research Solicitation Released to Universities, Colleges, and U.S. Government Laboratories

17 November 2014

Principal Investigators

Deadline to submit questions regarding the Research Solicitation

7 January 2015

Principal Investigators

Deadline to submit research proposals in response to the Research Solicitation

14 January 2015

IC Advisors

Proposal Evaluation Training

22 January 2015

IC Advisors

Deadline for Evaluations

13 February 2015

Selection Panel

Proposal Evaluation and Selection

5 March 2015

Program & Fellows

Fellow Only Orientation Day

27 April 2015

Fellows & IC Advisors

Attend IC Postdoctoral Research Fellowship Colloquium (location TBD)

28-30 April 2015


Notification of Awards and Declinations and New Grants Issued

June - July

Updated August 28, 2014
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