The National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC), working in collaboration with the Research Institute in Sociotechnical Cyber Security (RISCS), is inviting proposals for researchers to become RISCS Fellows. These Fellows will play a leadership role in helping to shape RISCS research activities over the course of the next year. Our community has grown significantly over recent years and we now wish to draw more explicitly on the ideas, creativity, and energy of those outstanding members of the sociotechnical cybersecurity research community. Each RISCS Fellow will be provided with a £15,000 budget as well as all the support of the RISCS team to implement a package of work that aligns with one of our research themes. We see this as an exciting opportunity for early career academics to take on a research leadership role and for established researchers to extend or supplement their existing research agenda into a national stage, in such a way that benefits both them and the wider RISCS community.


Key information and dates

Call for RISCS Fellows published Monday 10th February 2020
Full proposals due to be submitted Monday 9th March 2020 at 10:00am
Assessment panel meeting Thursday 12th March 2020
Announcement of results Friday 13th March 2020
Fellowship period starts Wednesday 1st April 2020
Fellowship induction workshop Tba (April)
Fellowship period ends Wednesday 31st March 2021

RISCS is a dynamic and rapidly expanding community of cybersecurity sociotechnical researchers. We have recently identified four research themes around which we intend to structure our work over the next period. In order to harness the considerable expertise of the RISCS research ecosystem, we are offering four fellowships (one per theme) to outstanding scholars who have a vision for taking this research forward.

Each Fellow will work within a team comprised of the RISCS leadership, an NCSC lead, a policy lead, and (where possible) an industry partner, to deliver research or research activities over a 12-month period. We’re completely open to your suggestions of what is needed and what would be beneficial in each of these themes – indeed, we’re excited about drawing upon the creativity and innovation in our community to shape our activities. Proposals may include activities like workshops, focus groups, community building exercises. They may also include research support staff, in-bound or out-bound travel, placements etc.

Those proposals that provide benefit for the RISCS research sub-community and best promote that research theme will be most likely to be successful. We’re also looking for a Fellow who can consider how their research theme might grow both nationally and internationally beyond the initial period of a year.

For those with a well-established research project, group or agenda that links to our research theme, your proposal might include ways to bring the broader RISCS community into a collaboration to help extend your project.

For those early in your career, you may wish to propose work that catalyses ECRs, provides development opportunities, establishes pathways to develop a new research angle, or connects relevant communities that are currently disparate.

All Fellows will be invited to attend an induction workshop in London in April/ May. RISCS will reimburse travel expenses to this event.

Full details can be found here (opens PDF)

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