Visiting Fellow, Brookings Doha Center

12 months ago(2/1/2017 5:05 PM)
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About the Brookings Doha Center


Based in Qatar, the Brookings Doha Center (BDC) is an overseas center of the Brookings Institution that advances high-quality, independent policy analysis and research on the Middle East. The Center enjoys an outstanding reputation for policy impact and cutting-edge, field-oriented research on socioeconomic and geopolitical issues facing the broader Middle East. Open to a broad range of views and disciplines, the BDC is a hub for Brookings scholarship in the region.

Visiting Fellowships


The BDC hosts three or four Visiting Fellows each year. There are two intakes per year, with Visiting Fellows starting in either January or September. Following a competitive selection process, the Visiting Fellow takes up residence at the BDC for a 9-12 month period. Visiting Fellows conduct individual research, interact with policymaking communities, and present their research at a seminar. Successful applications will include a significant field research component to be carried out in the region. Visiting Fellows receive a grant to cover the costs of living, travel, and research.


Each Visiting Fellow is required to complete an Analysis Paper and a Policy Briefing  on a policy-oriented research question that falls broadly within BDC’s areas of interest. These include, but are not limited to: geopolitical security and conflict resolution; radicalization and counter-terrorism; Middle Eastern relations with emerging Asia; democratic transition and political reform; governance reform and service delivery; youth inclusion and socioeconomic development.

Alongside their individual research, Visiting Fellows are expected to contribute to the BDC’s lively program of events, workshops, and conferences. The BDC’s convening power gives Fellows the opportunity to engage with policymaking communities, academics, diplomats, government officials, and journalists, as well as regional business leaders. The Doha-based international media frequently call on Fellows to provide commentary and analysis.

The primary language of publication drafts is English. Final reports will be published in both English and Arabic. Visiting Fellows will receive a living stipend that also covers the costs of local car rental, and travel to and from Doha. In some cases, Visiting Fellows may retain their relationship with the BDC in a nonresident capacity for up to one year after completing their visiting fellowship.

Visiting Fellows must be available for a full-time affiliation with the BDC, and be based in Qatar, for 9-12 months. They are expected to be active participants in BDC activities, including but not limited to regularly organized policy discussions, seminars, workshops, and other events. Visiting Fellows must be familiar with and uphold the Brookings Institution’s commitment to independent, nonpartisan research and publication, and to maintaining the highest level of integrity in pursuit of this mission.


Education/Experience Requirements:


Applicants should have a Ph.D. in a field relevant to the area of research (strongly preferred). or an advanced degree with a minimum of five years of professional experience in a relevant field.

Knowledge/Skills Requirements:

Must have a demonstrated ability to conduct professional, in-depth research and a proven record of publishing and fluency in English.

Because of the location of the BDC within Doha, a valid driver's license is strongly recommended.

The deadline for submission to be considered for September 2017 intake is May 1, 2017. The deadline for submission to be considered for the January 2018 intake is October 1, 2017.


Additional Information:


Applicants should submit the following documents:

  • A CV including professional and educational experience, citizenship, three references, and full contact information.
  • A cover letter which, along with anything additional you wish to convey, states: (a) how you first heard of the Fellowship; (b) any existing or previous relations with Brookings; and (c) preferred start date (September 2017 or January 2018).
  • A writing sample (no more than 8,000 words) in English, on a relevant topic. Writing samples should, if possible, be in a format similar to the analysis papers published by Brookings and must not be co-authored.
  • A research proposal of between1,500 and 2,000 words. Length requirements must be strictly observed. The proposal should include the key questions being addressed, relevance to policymaking communities, method of research, project objectives, and an estimated timeline. 


Please attach your cover letter and resume as one document when you apply.


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Brookings is an equal-opportunity employer that is committed to promoting a diverse and inclusive workplace. We welcome applications from all qualified individuals regardless of race, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, religion, physical or mental disability, marital status, veteran status, or other factors protected by law.







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