About the Foreign Policy Program
The Foreign Policy program at the Brookings Institution is a leading center of policy-relevant scholarship exploring the rapidly re-ordering geopolitics of the great and major powers, and the disordering relations among states and transnational actors. Our scholars provide concrete policy recommendations for how U.S. strategy, the international security architecture, and key allies should adapt to changing threats and opportunities.
Foreign Policy at Brookings invites applications for the award of up to two full-time resident fellowships for policy-oriented post-doctoral research in the 2020-2021 academic year.
The fellowship carries a stipend of $58,500 USD, payable in monthly installments over a period of residency at Brookings of no less than nine months and no more than 12 months. This income may be taxable; Brookings will withhold taxes and report on stipend payments according to U.S. tax guidelines. 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 may be responsible for costs associated with any insurance(s) provided.
During the course of the Fellowship, each Post-Doctoral Research Fellow should conduct independent research and writing. Objectives may include publishing on a Brookings platform or in a peer-reviewed journal, or developing a policy-relevant book manuscript based on dissertation research. Post-Doctoral Research Fellows will have the opportunity to present this research in a discussion session with Brookings scholars during the course of the Fellowship.
Post-Doctoral Research Fellows are also encouraged to contribute to the Foreign Policy program’s broader research efforts, including active participation in FP research projects and activities.
Post-Doctoral Research Fellows may write shorter pieces for the Brookings website and outside platforms, subject to Brookings guidelines on research, peer-review, and publication. Post-Doctoral Research Fellows are invited to participate in the Brookings community; during their stays they are encouraged to 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 2020 and ending no later than August 2021.
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, 2020. Foreign Policy seeks candidates who will benefit from access to Foreign Policy scholars and the Washington community, and 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.
Awards will go to recent PhD conferees whose research interests align with the Foreign Policy program’s priorities and whose application materials and previous research demonstrate expertise, quality, originality, and relevance to policy. Strong writing skills are required. Candidates must have the ability to work independently. Fluency in written and spoken English is required.
Brookings requires that all applicants to the Foreign Policy Post-Doctoral Research Fellowship submit the following directly through the Brookings website:
1) Curriculum vitae: A detailed curriculum vitae explaining the applicant's education and work history; publication and writing history including significant research that has not yet been published; fellowships, honors, and awards; and funded research including past and present foundation support.
2) Statement of research: A statement of 10 pages or less, which may be single-spaced, proposing research to be conducted during this Fellowship. This should include:
3) Writing samples: A writing sample of 20 pages or less, ideally drawn from the applicant’s PhD dissertation. Applicants are also strongly encouraged to submit a sample of long- or short-form published work (in a scholarly or popular forum) featuring policy analysis.
4) Transcript: An official or unofficial transcript from the PhD-awarding institution.
5) Letters of recommendation: Three confidential letters of recommendation must be submitted to Brookings directly by referees. Letters should address this Fellowship specifically. They should describe the capacity in which the letter is written; the applicant’s aptitude for research and expertise in the proposed research project; the feasibility of the project and its relevance to policy; and specific qualities that make the applicant likely to benefit from and contribute to the Brookings community.
Application procedure and deadlines: