• Rubenstein Fellow, Global Economy and Development (Job ID: 2018-1909)

    Posted Date 4 weeks ago(11/14/2018 4:08 PM)
    Global Economy and Development
    Job Function
    Job ID
    Commensurate with experience
  • Overview

    David M. Rubenstein Fellowship in Global Economy and Development


    Brookings is pleased to announce the second round of the David M. Rubenstein Fellowship Program. The challenges facing the United States and the world require rigorous, innovative, evidence-based research that generate fresh thinking and innovative policy solutions. Through this program, Brookings is seeking to increase diversity in our scholarly community by recruiting the next generation of rising stars and creative thinkers to help achieve our mission of improving governance in the United States and across the world.


    For the 2019 class, the institution is again looking for ten outstanding early- to mid-career scholars and policy experts with a diverse array of backgrounds, experience, and scholarship expertise. 


    In addition to the research priorities of the five programs, Brookings is placing an emphasis on policy researchers with a background in artificial intelligence, emerging technology, and/or data science with public policy. Strong candidates may be as conversant about deep reinforcement learning as they are labor policy, or as familiar with cryptography as they are international security. Alternately, they may use novel data (e.g., satellite imagery, social media posts, IRS records) or methodologies (e.g., machine learning, survey experiments) to gain insight into pressing policy questions. In both cases, strong candidates will draw on deep technical expertise to inform their policy research, and demonstrate a clear ability and willingness to work at the intersection of artificial intelligence, emerging technology, data science, and/or public policy. 


    Rubenstein Fellows will have the opportunity to enhance the policy impact of their ideas and academic achievements by working with Brookings’s network of scholars and experts, relying on the Institution’s abilities to develop and promote research to the policy community and the wider public.


    Rubenstein Fellows will diversify, augment, and complement the core policy research expertise of the more than 100 resident scholars at Brookings.


    Program Overview


    The Global Economy and Development program at Brookings aims to shape the policy debate on how to improve global economic cooperation and fight global poverty and sources of social stress. With a long-term vision of strong, sustainable, and balanced growth for a prosperous world, the program undertakes high-quality research, identifies target audiences and policy opportunities, and shares its findings to inform new policy solutions.


    Rubenstein Fellows in the Global Economy and Development program will publish in-depth, peer-reviewed monographs and research papers with potential for publication in academic journals, as well as short opinion pieces, blog posts, and other products to promote their ideas in the public policy debate. Rubenstein Fellows will also participate in public and private events, raise money for research projects, interact with the media, and contribute to the overall intellectual life of the Institution. 




    The Rubenstein Fellows in Global Economy and Development must hold a Ph.D. or equivalent in economics or a related field. Must have at least two years of experience in research or policy work following the completion of their doctoral studies, with a proven record of publishing. Candidates should have a strong record of productivity with the potential to be recognized as a leader in his or her field.


    The Global Economy and Development program will give preference to applicants with knowledge and expertise in big data, geospatial and/or artificial intelligence tools for research purposes.


    (The program does not fund pre-or postdoctoral research, work toward a degree, or the completion of projects for which substantial progress has been made prior to the fellowship period.) Brookings offers a competitive salary and generous benefits package.


    Application Process and Selection Timeline


    Interested candidates who meet the program’s eligibility requirements should apply online and submit:

    • A curriculum vitae and a cover letter (uploaded as one document) describing their relevant experience as well as research interests and priorities
    • A piece of written work (published or publishable) that highlights the candidate’s capabilities.

    Reminder: Please attach your cover letter and resume as one document when you apply. Upload your written work as an attachment.


    For full consideration, please apply by January 4, 2019. First round of interviews will take place in January 2019, either at the American Economic Association (AEA) meetings in Atlanta or Brookings offices in Washington, D.C.


    This is a two-year termed appointment.  We expect fellowships to begin in September 2019.


    Selection is based on a combination of the following criteria: depth and breadth of professional experience, quality and rigor of scholarly research, and a commitment to upholding Brookings’s core values of quality, independent, and impactful policy research that seeks to promote the public good. 


    Part of the interview process will include a presentation on the applicant’s area of research or interest.  Following the rounds of interviews, the Research Vice Presidents will prepare a slate of finalists for selection by the President. Official announcement of awards will be made by March 31, 2019, however some selections may be made in advance. 


    Brookings is an equal opportunity employer that is committed to promoting a diverse and inclusive workplace. Applications are welcome 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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    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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