David M. Rubenstein Fellowship Program

Brookings Institution
  • Location
    Washington, D.C.
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Mid Career / Advanced
  • Apply by
  • Posted
    Mar 30

Position description

Brookings is pleased to launch 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.

The Rubenstein Fellowships are aimed at outstanding early- to mid-career scholars and policy experts with a diverse array of backgrounds, experience, and scholarship expertise. 

Beginning in 2017, Brookings will award up to 10 Rubenstein Fellowships every two years, with each fellow appointed for a two-year period in one of the Institution’s five research programs (Economic Studies, Governance Studies, Foreign Policy Studies, Metropolitan Studies, and Global Economy and Development Studies), or for a joint appointment across programs.  

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.

For the inaugural round of applications in 2017, Brookings particularly invites submissions from scholars or policy experts with knowledge, experience, and interest in one of the following broad areas:

  • economic growth and opportunity
  • international order
  • urbanization
  • digital technology
  • energy and climate 

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


Rubenstein Fellows will have a primary affiliation with one of Brookings’s five research programs, and will publish in-depth, peer-reviewed monographs and research papers, as well as short opinion pieces, blog posts, and other products for promoting their ideas in the public policy debate. Rubenstein Fellows will also participate in public and private events, and contribute to the overall intellectual life of the Institution. 


The Rubenstein Fellowships are open to individuals generally with 5-15 years of experience from a broad range of professional, academic, international, and personal backgrounds who have demonstrated a commitment to improving governance and advancing public policy. Typically, applicants should have an advanced degree in a relevant field or equivalent expertise and possess a record of relevant work experience as well as a firm grounding in public policy. (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 before May 16, 2017.

  • Submit your curriculum vitae with a cover letter describing relevant experience as well as research interests and priorities.
  • Writing Sample - Upload a piece of written work that highlights your capabilities.

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. 

 Semi-finalists will be notified by July 1, 2017 and scheduled for an interview with a research program. Part of the interview process will include a presentation on their area of research or interest. The Research Vice Presidents will then recommend candidates for interviews to the Rubenstein Fellowships Committee, composed of Brookings Research Vice Presidents and executive management. Following this round of interviews, the Rubenstein Fellowships Committee will prepare a slate of finalists for selection by the President. Official selections and announcement of awards will be made by early September 2017.  However, early appointments may be made in exceptional circumstances. 

Application instructions

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