Office of National Intelligence: National intelligence postdoctoral grants (NIPG)

The National Intelligence Postdoctoral grant (NIPG) is a new initiative, which involves the sponsorship of unclassified academic research designed to achieve Australian Government objectives for research and innovation in national intelligence and security.

The program will offer funding for Postdoctoral Research Fellow positions for early career researchers to undertake academic research in relation to nine topics (PDF) that are specific areas of interest and relevance to the National Intelligence Community (NIC).

Successful Postdoctoral Research Fellows under this grant program will be partnered with an NIC staff member as well as their nominated Research Advisor for the duration of the grant, to foster collaboration and engagement between the NIC and the academic community.

Funding & duration

The program will commence in 2021 and will run annually for the following three years (2021-22 to 2023-24) with each position funded full time (up to $350,000) for a period of two years.

Eligible expenditure items are:

  • Postdoctoral salary;
  • Associated University on-costs, including work accommodation (e.g. laboratory and office space, suitably equipped and furnished);
  • Research Advisor stipend;
  • Travel costs essential to the project, including economy travel costs for domestic and/or international travel and accommodation, up to $10,000 per year;
  • Expenditure on field research essential to the project, including technical and logistical support, travel expenses (e.g. accommodation, meals and incidental costs);
  • Research expenses, up to $40,000 per year.

Grants for this application round must commence no later than 30 June 2021.

For Postdocs


  • Be an individual that is an Australian citizen, Australian permanent resident or New Zealand Special Category Visa Holder
  • PhD in a relevant field must be completed before beginning the appointment, and at most five years prior to the application deadline
  • Proposal must be associated with an accredited Australian University.


  • Conduct two years of research on awarded topic
  • Coordinate with both a Research Advisor and National Intelligence Community Advisor
  • Publish research results, as appropriate
  • Attend the annual Intelligence Community Academic Research Symposium in Washington DC, usually held in early September (COVID pending).

For Research Advisors


  • The research advisor must be an employee of the sponsored accredited Australian University
  • Not required to be an Australian citizen.


  • Provide on-site support for the Postdoctoral Fellow
  • Coordinate with the National Intelligence Community Advisor
  • Has the option to attend the annual Intelligence Community Academic Research Symposium at own expense.

Submission requirements & due date

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