Visiting Fellow, Center on the United States and Europe

Brookings Institution
  • Location
    Washington, D.C.
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Mid Career
  • Posted
    Jan 02

Position description

The Foreign Policy program at Brookings conducts nonpartisan, independent research that addresses the most pressing foreign policy issues of our times. Our work informs the public debate and provides analysis and understanding of the dynamics of world affairs and the challenges they pose to the international community. We seek to shape policies and institutions in the United States and abroad that promote sustainable peace, security, and prosperity around the world. To achieve these overarching goals, the Foreign Policy program deploys 35 resident scholars and experts organized in five research clusters, who work both independently and collaboratively on issues ranging from energy and climate, to the regional geopolitics of Asia, the Middle East, and Europe, to American power in the international order. Our Washington, D.C.-based team is enhanced by a network of distinguished fellows and nonresident fellows who bring a broad and deep array of talent to the critical task of examining world events and institutions and proposing solutions to global policy challenges.

About CUSE

The Center on the United States and Europe (CUSE) fosters high-level U.S.-European dialogue on the changes in Europe and the global challenges that affect transatlantic relations. The center offers independent research and recommendations for U.S. and European officials and policymakers, and it convenes seminars and public forums on policy-relevant issues. CUSE’s research program focuses on three key areas: the transformation of the European Union; strategies for engaging the countries and regions beyond the frontiers of the EU, including the Balkans, Caucasus, Russia, Turkey, and Ukraine; and European security issues such as the future of NATO, forging common strategies on energy security, and transatlantic counterterrorism coordination.


The Center on the United States and Europe (CUSE) at the Brookings Institution, with the support of the Council for the United States and Italy, is accepting applications for a Visiting Fellow for a period of nine to 12 months. The Visiting Fellow will conduct his or her own research on foreign policy topics affecting U.S.-European relations and will contribute to the Italy-related dimensions of the Center’s activities. The fellowship will begin in early 2018.

The Visiting Fellow will carry out innovative and practical research on a spectrum of political, security, and economic topics related to U.S.-Italian and U.S.-European cooperation and shared interests. The specific research agenda will be shaped in part by the expertise and interests of the Fellow and could include such policy-relevant topics as how the transatlantic relationship should deal with strategic challenges and opportunities—including threats of terrorism and proliferation, humanitarian crises, and economic instability; the role of employment and migration on European integration, politics, and transatlantic relations; how Europe and the U.S. can engage with rising powers, including China, India, Russia, and Turkey; the role of trade and investment in relations between Europe and the United States; transatlantic burden-sharing to address common security challenges; and strategies for enhancing European economic and political governance.

In addition to the research component, the Visiting Fellow will have the opportunity to plan and organize roundtables, workshops, and press briefings; maintain relations with members of the foreign policy community; make media appearances; and serve as an active participant in general Brookings events, particularly those that pertain to the activities and development of CUSE. 

A monthly stipend, commensurate with previous work experience and salary history, will be provided. Assistance with the visa application process will be provided; however, Brookings cannot guarantee the issuance of a visa. As part of the visa process, the Visiting Fellow will be required to take an online English proficiency assessment. Brookings may provide the Visiting Fellow, and accompanying members of the immediate family, with medical, dental, and vision insurance. The Visiting Fellow will be responsible for any costs associated with the insurance provided.


  • Applicants should have either substantial policy experience (at least five years) or an advanced degree in international relations, political science, economics, or related field. A Ph.D. in one of these fields is preferred.
  • Ideal candidates will have a combination of academic and professional experience in one or more of the following fields: Italian politics and foreign policy; EU politics and institutions; European integration and foreign policy; transatlantic relations; European security; and EU policy towards its neighbors.
  • Applicants must have superior qualitative research, writing, editing and organizational skills; a demonstrated ability to conduct independent research and to produce a range of publications of the highest quality, including opinion pieces, longer analytical articles, and monographs or books; ease in effectively articulating research concepts and recommendations through verbal and written communications in English; ability to actively take part in Washington foreign-policy debates and transatlantic discussions, through participation in workshops, conferences and meetings with the news media.
  • The Fellow is expected to be in residence and working full-time at Brookings during the fellowship.

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