FBI Critical Incident Response Group (CIRG) Research Opportunity

Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)
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The U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Critical Incident Response Group (CIRG) consists of a cadre of special agents and professional support personnel who provide expertise in crisis management, hostage rescue, surveillance and aviation, hazardous devices mitigation, crisis negotiations, behavioral analysis, and tactical operations.

What will I be doing? As a research fellow with the Critical Incident Response Group (CIRG) Visiting Scientist Program (VSP), you will enhance your professional development and increase your research capabilities by participating in research initiatives under the mentorship of CIRG research personnel. The VSP will expose you to a work environment in a high security government facility and provides an opportunity to perform research in areas of interest unique to law enforcement and national security.

Under the guidance of a mentor, you may be involved in the following:
• Conducting searches of scientific literature
• Designing social/behavioral sciences research projects related to criminal, national security, and/or cyber threats
• Conducting statistical analysis of data
• Preparing and presenting research findings to diverse audiences, both orally and in writing

Why should I apply?  Under the guidance of a mentor you will support applied social/behavioral sciences research projects related to criminal, national security, or cyber threats; judge the completeness and accuracy of research results; perform statistical analyses on data; and prepare written manuscripts for FBI review and publication in peer-reviewed journals.
Release of any information acquired during participation in this program is at the sole discretion of the FBI.

Where will I be located? Quantico, Virginia (remote/telework not available)

Participant Benefits:

As a research fellow you will receive a stipend as support for your living and other expenses during this appointment. Stipend rates are determined by the CIRG officials and are based on your academic and professional background. The initial appointment is for one year but may be renewed upon recommendation of FBI contingent on the availability of funds, for up to five years. The appointment is full time during standard business hours.

This opportunity is available to U.S. citizens.

Nature of Appointment

The participant will not enter into an employee/employer relationship with ORISE, ORAU, DOE, FBI, CIRG, or any other office or agency.  Instead, the participant will be affiliated with ORISE for the administration of the appointment through the ORISE letter of appointment and Terms of Appointment.


Participation Eligibility:

You must meet the following criteria to participate in the program:

  • Be a U.S. Citizen.
  • Be currently pursing or have completed requirements for a Bachelor’s, Master, or PhD within the last 5 years, or complete all the requirements for the degree by the anticipated start date of the appointment.
  • For applicants currently pursuing a Bachelor’s degree, the applicant must be within one year of completing their degree.
  • Undergo an extensive FBI background investigation and meet suitability criteria.
  • Applicants with education or professional experience in computer science, cyber security, or information technology are particularly encouraged to apply.

Program Website: https://orise.orau.gov/fbi/

Students may apply for and are eligible to participate in the program at multiple times during their graduate studies. 

A complete application consists of:

  • Zintellect Profile
  • Transcript(s) – For this opportunity, an unofficial transcript or copy of the student academic records printed by the applicant or by academic advisors from internal institution systems may be submitted. 
  • A current resume/CV including academic history, employment history, relevant experiences, and publication list
  • Two relevant letters of recommendations
  • Two writing samples.

All documents must be in English or include an official English translation. Documents sent by email, postal mail, or fax will not be considered. All supporting materials must be uploaded as PDF files so the document can be searched by Zintellect's search engine. Scanned items are not optimal for search engines. PDF must not require special certificates or passwords to open. Max file size is 10MB. 

If you have questions, send an email to FBIrpp@orau.org. Please include the reference code for this opportunity in your email.

Eligibility Requirements
  • Citizenship: U.S. Citizen Only
  • Degree: Bachelor's Degree, Master's Degree, or Doctoral Degree.
  • Academic Level(s): Graduate Students, Post-Bachelor's, Postdoctoral, or Post-Master's.
  • Discipline(s):
    • Computer, Information, and Data Sciences (10 )
    • Earth and Geosciences (1 )
    • Life Health and Medical Sciences (10 )
    • Mathematics and Statistics (4 )
    • Other Non-Science & Engineering (2 )
    • Social and Behavioral Sciences (14 )
  • Age: Must be 18 years of age

I have completed a bachelor's, master's, or doctoral degree within the last five years, or I'm currently pursuing and understand I will need to have received the degree before starting the appointment.


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