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 research and analysis on major issues facing the Middle East and North Africa region. 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 region. Open to a broad range of views and disciplines, the BDC is a hub for Brookings scholarship in the region.
The BDC is pleased to announce Visiting Fellow positions for 2019-2020. The BDC hosts four or five Visiting Fellows each year. Following a competitive selection process, Visiting Fellows take up residence at the BDC for a 9–12-month period. In some cases, visiting fellows may extend for a second term.
Visiting Fellows conduct individual research, interact with other researchers and policymakers, present their research at events, and contribute to the activities of the Center. Visiting Fellows receive a grant to cover the costs of living, travel, and research. They also receive a roundtrip ticket to and from Doha.
Visiting Fellows are expected to complete two research outputs:
The primary language of publication is English. Final reports will be published in both English and Arabic. Proposed research projects and outputs should broadly be related to BDC priority research areas:
Alongside their individual research projects, Visiting Fellows are expected to be active members of the BDC community, engaging with their colleagues and participating in BDC research projects, public events, monthly meetings, policy roundtables, and publishing op-eds on current policy issues. Fellows will have the opportunity to engage with policymakers, academics, government officials, journalists, and regional business leaders. International media frequently call on Fellows to provide commentary and analysis.
Visiting Fellows are provided with research funding to conduct field research for an Analysis Paper or to organize a workshop for authors on an edited volume or to conduct other approved activities relevant to their project as outlined in their proposals. 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, especially for those working on projects that might take longer to complete.
Applicants should have a Ph.D. in a field relevant to the area of research (strongly preferred), or an advanced degree with at least five years of professional experience in a relevant field. They must have a demonstrated ability to conduct professional, in-depth research and a proven record of publishing and fluency in English. Working knowledge of Arabic and an understanding of the MENA region are a plus.
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. 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.
Timeline and Deadline
The submission deadline to be considered for the September / Fall 2019 start date is April 20, 2019. The submission deadline to be considered for the January / Spring 2020 start date is September 1, 2019.
How to Apply
Applicants should submit the following documents:
Brookings requires that all applicants submit a cover letter and resume. Please attach your cover letter and resume as one document when you apply. Upload additional documents as requested.
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