About the Foreign Policy Program
The Foreign Policy program at Brookings is a leading center of policy-relevant scholarship. Brookings’s Second Century Strategic Plan focuses on improving governance at all levels— local, national, global. Under the direction of Vice President and Director Bruce Jones, Foreign Policy pursues this through research, education, and policy recommendations addressing three areas of effort: sustaining and adapting core precepts of the liberal international order; developing effective networks and institutions to manage international peace and security; and generating effective responses to subnational and transnational challenges (including those related to the intersection of technology and national security) that can otherwise amplify conflict and insecurity.
The Foreign Policy program at the Brookings Institution invites applications for the award of up to two full-time resident fellowships for policy-oriented post-doctoral research for the 2018-2019 academic year.
The fellowship carries a stipend of $58,500 USD, payable in installments over a period of residency at Brookings of no less than nine months and no more than 12 months. This income is taxable; Brookings will withhold taxes and report on stipend payments according to U.S. tax guidelines. The Institution will also provide up to $5,000 USD in expense reimbursements for research-related travel, and other essential research requirements. Brookings will provide a workspace, networked desktop computer, an individual network account, and access to Brookings research resources. Post-Doctoral Research Fellows, and their immediate families, are eligible to participate in the Institution's medical, dental, and vision insurance. Post-Doctoral Research Fellows are responsible for any costs associated with the insurance(s) provided.
During the course of the Fellowship, each Post-Doctoral Research Fellow should research and write two 6,000-10,000 word research papers with the objective of publishing them in peer-reviewed journals or on a Brookings platform. One research paper should discuss policy implications of the Fellow’s doctoral dissertation, and the other will be based on a topic mutually agreed upon by the Post-Doctoral Research Fellow and the Vice President and Director of Foreign Policy. At least one of these papers will be presented to and discussed with Brookings scholars during the course of the Fellowship.
In addition to the research papers, Post-Doctoral Research Fellows are encouraged to contribute to the Foreign Policy program’s broader research efforts, and may write shorter pieces for the Brookings website and outside platforms, subject to Brookings research and publication guidelines. Post-Doctoral Research Fellows are invited to participate in the Brookings community. During their stays they may attend conferences and discussions hosted by Brookings and will have access to the research resources available to resident staff members.
Post-Doctoral Research Fellows will be expected to pursue their research and writing at the Brookings Institution for a period of no less than nine months and no more than 12 months, beginning in September 2018 and ending no later than August 2019.
The fellowship is designed for recent PhD conferees; at a minimum, fellows must have formally submitted the final version of the PhD dissertation by September 1, 2018. Foreign Policy seeks candidates whose research interests and career goals are directly related to major interests of the program: the rapid re-ordering of geopolitics among the great and major powers, the disordering of relations within and between states and among transnational actors; and globalization and governance innovation, with particular emphasis on the intersection of technology and U.S. national security, and challenges to liberal democracy.
Awards will go to recent PhD conferees whose research interests align with the Foreign Policy program’s priorities, whose application materials and previous research demonstrate high quality and relevance to policy, and who will benefit from access to Foreign Policy scholars and the Washington community. Candidates must have the ability to work independently. Fluency in written and spoken English is required.
Application procedure and deadlines:
Brookings requires that all applicants submit a cover letter and resume. Please attach your cover letter and resume as one document when you apply.
Successful completion of a background investigation is required for employment at Brookings.
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.