Post-Doctoral Research Fellow, FP

The Brookings Institution
  • Location
    Washington, D.C.
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Mid Career
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  • Posted
    Nov 17

Position description

The Foreign Policy program at Brookings is a leading center of policy-relevant scholarship. Brookings’s Second Century Strategic Plan focuses on improving governance at all levels— local, national, global. Under the direction of Vice President and Director Bruce Jones, Foreign Policy pursues this through research, education, and policy recommendations addressing three areas of effort: sustaining and adapting core precepts of the liberal international order; developing effective networks and institutions to manage international peace and security; and generating effective responses to subnational and transnational challenges (including those related to the intersection of technology and national security) that can otherwise amplify conflict and insecurity.





The Foreign Policy program at the Brookings Institution invites applications for the award of up to two full-time resident fellowships for policy-oriented post-doctoral research for the 2018-2019 academic year.


The fellowship carries a stipend of $58,500 USD, payable in installments over a period of residency at Brookings of no less than nine months and no more than 12 months. This income is taxable; Brookings will withhold taxes and report on stipend payments according to U.S. tax guidelines. The Institution will also provide up to $5,000 USD in expense reimbursements for research-related travel, and other essential research requirements. 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 are responsible for any costs associated with the insurance(s) provided. 


During the course of the Fellowship, each Post-Doctoral Research Fellow should research and write two 6,000-10,000 word research papers with the objective of publishing them in peer-reviewed journals or on a Brookings platform. One research paper should discuss policy implications of the Fellow’s doctoral dissertation, and the other will be based on a topic mutually agreed upon by the Post-Doctoral Research Fellow and the Vice President and Director of Foreign Policy. At least one of these papers will be presented to and discussed with Brookings scholars during the course of the Fellowship. 


In addition to the research papers, Post-Doctoral Research Fellows are encouraged to contribute to the Foreign Policy program’s broader research efforts, and may write shorter pieces for the Brookings website and outside platforms, subject to Brookings research and publication guidelines. Post-Doctoral Research Fellows are invited to participate in the Brookings community. During their stays they may 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 2018 and ending no later than August 2019. 


Education/Experience Requirements:


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, 2018. Foreign Policy seeks candidates 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, with particular emphasis on the intersection of technology and U.S. national security, and challenges to liberal democracy. 


Knowledge/Skills Requirements:


Awards will go to recent PhD conferees whose research interests align with the Foreign Policy program’s priorities, whose application materials and previous research demonstrate high quality and relevance to policy, and who will benefit from access to Foreign Policy scholars and the Washington community. Candidates must have the ability to work independently. Fluency in written and spoken English is required.


Additional Information:


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 describing policy implications of the applicant’s primary research interest. This should include:
    • Detailed concepts for the two policy-oriented research papers to be produced during the fellowship;
    • The nature, purpose, scope, and method of the proposed research;
    • Why the applicant wishes to do this research at Brookings;
    • The background studies and research that the applicant has done to prepare for these projects and the amount of research completed on them;
    • Timeframe and estimated date of completion of the project;
    • The applicant’s availability in 2018-2019 and preferred Fellowship timeframe; and
    • Long-term career interests and anticipated career development over the next five to ten years
  3. Writing samples: A writing sample of 20 pages or less, ideally drawn from the applicant’s PhD dissertation. Applicants are also encouraged, but not required, 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: In addition, three confidential letters of recommendation must be submitted to Brookings directly by referees. Letters should address this Fellowship specifically, and 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 the applicant’s specific qualities that make her/him likely to benefit from and contribute to the Brookings community.

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