Alice Rivlin Dissertation Fellow or Post-Doctoral Fellow, Hutchins Center on Fiscal and Monetary Policy (Job ID: 2021-2646)

Posted Date 7 months ago(3/8/2022 6:48 PM)
Economic Studies
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Must be authorized to work for any employer in the US, this position is not eligible for sponsorship.




Ready to contribute to Brookings success?


The Alice Rivlin Fellow in the Hutchins Center on Fiscal & Monetary Policy in Economic Studies will conduct high quality research focused on fiscal policy broadly defined (as Rivlin herself did) to include to include such topics as federal benefits, taxes, budget process, debt and deficits, fiscal federalism, and public investment.


The position is available either as a dissertation fellowship (open to applicants who have completed their course work for a Ph.D. and are working on their dissertation) or as a post-doc (open to applicants who have recently or are soon to complete a Ph.D.  in economics or a closely related field). The position will be for a one-year or two-year term, determined upon hiring by Brookings and the candidate. The Fellow will be in residence at Brookings. The expected salary is in the mid 80's. 


Research (75%)

  • Conducts in-depth, high-quality policy oriented research on fiscal policy  independently and in collaboration with other scholars at the Hutchins Center and across Economic Studies and/or Brookings.
  • Works on completing dissertation or, if already a Ph.D., on a substantial original fiscal policy-related research project.
  • Presents at least two seminars on his/her work and participates in other Brookings seminars.
  • Assists Hutchins Center and Brookings scholars with their research.
  • Works with Hutchins Center scholars to shape, promote, and execute the Center’s mission. 

Communications (15%)

  • In collaboration with Hutchins Center staff and ES Communications team, creates dissemination and promotion strategy for research products; liaises with media.
  • Meets with and briefs relevant external contacts on research.

ES Citizenship (10%)

  • Supports growth, development, and recruiting of Hutchins Center and Economic Studies research assistants.
  • Contributes to cultivating an environment that is conducive to rigorous research and a diverse and inclusive workplace.
  • Contributes to efforts to diversify the economics profession.
  • Presents to Brookings grantors, supporters, and trustees as appropriate.


Ready to make an impact? In this role, you will support Brookings values of collegiality, respect, inclusion, diversity and community, and bring the following qualifications:


Education/Experience Requirements:


Must either have completed course work for a Ph.D. (“all but dissertation”) or be soon to graduate or have recently graduated with a Ph.D.   in economics or closely related field. Must have a demonstrated interest in fiscal policy, broadly defined, and  have a fiscal policy-related dissertation topic  or a well-articulated relevant research agenda. Must demonstrate ability to understand and write knowledgeably about public policy and produce research of the caliber that appears in peer-reviewed journals.



Knowledge/Skills Requirements:


Must have a well-defined research project (either a dissertation or post-doc work) in fiscal policy. Must be able to lead independent research and competently lead issue-focused meetings, initiatives, high-level conferences, and other events without supervision. Must be able to communicate effectively with policy audiences in writing and orally.  Must be able to work collegially with staff at all levels and in all job profiles. Must have a commitment to contributing to a supportive and productive workplace with a diverse workforce and to promoting diversity in the economics profession.


Application Procedure:


A complete application will include ALL of following items:

  • Current resume
  • Cover letter
  • Research proposal of up to two pages (ongoing dissertation work or original research proposal)
  • Two letters of recommendation from professors or past employers/supervisors

Please save your uploaded documents in the following format: First Name Last Name 2021-2646 Document Name


Please submit your resume as instructed and add your cover letter as an attachment when you apply. Add your research proposal as an attachment.


Letters of recommendation may be uploaded or submitted separately. If preferred, confidential letters of recommendation may be sent directly to Stephanie Cencula, Please contact her with any specific questions you may have.



Additional Information:


What can we offer you? Brookings provides a generous benefit package that is comprehensive and includes both traditional benefits and unique offerings.


Successful completion of a background investigation is required for employment at Brookings.


Brookings welcomes and celebrates diversity in all its forms. We welcome applications that reflect a variety of backgrounds based on ideology, race, ethnicity, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, veteran status, first generation college goers, and other factors protected by law. Brookings is proud to be an equal-opportunity employer that is committed to promoting a diverse and inclusive workplace.



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