Visiting Fellow

Brookings Doha Center
  • Location
    Doha, Qatar
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Mid Career / Advanced
  • Apply by
    Oct-01-2019
  • Posted
    Sep 02

Position description

Overview

Join one of the most influential, most quoted and most trusted think tanks!

The Brookings Institution is a nonprofit public policy organization based in Washington, DC. Our mission is to conduct in-depth research that leads to new ideas for solving problems facing society at the local, national and global level.

We bring together leading experts in government and academia from all over the world, rooted in open-minded inquiry and representing diverse points of view, who provide the highest quality research, policy recommendations, and analysis. Research topics cover a full range of public policy issues in economics, foreign policy, development, governance and metropolitan policy.

With fair and transparent business practices, clear communication, mutual respect, and a collaborative atmosphere that offers both professional and personal development opportunities, Brookings offers an inclusive and welcoming workplace that values the efforts of all contributors.

About the Brookings Doha Center

Based in Qatar the Brookings Doha Center (BDC) is an overseas center of the Brookings Institution that advances high-quality independent policy research and analysis on major issues facing the Middle East and North Africa region. The Center enjoys an outstanding reputation for policy impact and cutting-edge, field-oriented research on socioeconomic and geopolitical issues facing the broader Middle East region. Open to a broad range of views and disciplines, the BDC is a hub for Brookings scholarship in the region.

Visiting Fellowships

The BDC is pleased to announce Visiting Fellow positions for 2019-2020.  The BDC hosts four or five Visiting Fellows each year. Following a competitive selection process, Visiting Fellows take up residence at the BDC for a 9–12-month period. In some cases, visiting fellows may extend for a second term.

Visiting Fellows conduct individual research, interact with other researchers and policymakers, present their research at events, and contribute to the activities of the Center. Visiting Fellows receive a grant to cover the costs of living, travel, and research. They also receive a roundtrip ticket to and from Doha. 

Responsibilities

Visiting Fellows are expected to complete two research outputs:

  1. Policy brief: a 3,500-4,500-word, forward-looking analysis of a current, time-sensitive policy issue. It should include specific, actionable, evidence-based policy recommendations. It normally draws on a fellow’s area of expertise and is published within the first 3-4 months of a fellowship.
  2. Original research project: a well-developed, policy-relevant research endeavor, with one or more outputs. The output could simply be an 8,000-12,000-word analysis paper. Applicants may propose other types of output that are relevant to the project and that can be completed during the time of the fellowship, such as an edited volume that can be submitted to Brookings Institution Press.

The primary language of publication is English. Final reports will be published in both English and Arabic.  Proposed research projects and outputs should broadly be related to BDC priority research areas:

  • International relations of the Middle East, including (but not limited to) geopolitical security; humanitarian assistance; conflict and post-conflict reconstruction; national reconciliation and transitional justice; radicalization and counter-terrorism; ties between MENA and other regions.
  • Economic development and inclusive growth, including (but not limited to) socioeconomic development; equality of opportunity; socioeconomic and political inclusion of women, youth and migrants; democratic transition and political reform; governance reform and service delivery.
  • The challenges of globalization, including (but not limited to) the impact of technology and innovation on jobs and social interactions; climate change and energy; economic diversification; urbanization; governance, institutional reform, and democratization; social policy and state-society relations.

Alongside their individual research projects, Visiting Fellows are expected to be active members of the BDC community, engaging with their colleagues and participating in BDC research projects, public events, monthly meetings, policy roundtables, and publishing op-eds on current policy issues. Fellows will have the opportunity to engage with policymakers, academics, government officials, journalists, and regional business leaders. International media frequently call on Fellows to provide commentary and analysis.

Visiting Fellows are provided with research funding to conduct field research for an Analysis Paper or to organize a workshop for authors on an edited volume or to conduct other approved activities relevant to their project as outlined in their proposals. In some cases, Visiting Fellows may retain their relationship with the BDC in a nonresident capacity for up to one year after completing their visiting fellowship, especially for those working on projects that might take longer to complete.

Qualifications

Applicant Requirements

Applicants should have a Ph.D. in a field relevant to the area of research (strongly preferred), or an advanced degree with at least five years of professional experience in a relevant field. They must have a demonstrated ability to conduct professional, in-depth research and a proven record of publishing and fluency in English. Working knowledge of Arabic and an understanding of the MENA region are a plus. 

Program Requirements

Visiting Fellows must be available for a full-time affiliation with the BDC, and be based in Qatar, for 9-12 months. They are expected to be active participants in BDC activities. Visiting Fellows must be familiar with and uphold the Brookings Institution’s commitment to independent, nonpartisan research and publication, and to maintaining the highest level of integrity in pursuit of this mission.

Timeline and Deadline

The submission deadline to be considered for the September / Fall 2019 start date is April 20, 2019.  The submission deadline to be considered for the January / Spring 2020 start date has been extended to October 1, 2019.

How to Apply

Applicants should submit the following documents:

  • CV - A CV including professional and educational experience, citizenship, three references, and full contact information.
  • Writing Sample - A writing sample (no more than 8,000 words) in English. Writing samples should, if possible, be in a format similar to the analysis papers published by Brookings and must not be co-authored.
  • Research Proposal - An original research proposal of between 1,500 and 2,000 words long. The proposal should include the activities and outputs to be completed during the fellowship, key questions to be addressed, relevance to policymakers, methods of research, and estimated timelines and costs (if any).
  • Cover letter - A cover letter which, along with any additional information you wish to convey, should outline: (a) how you first heard about the visiting fellowship; (b) any existing or previous relations with Brookings; and (c) your preferred start date and fellowship duration (between 9 and 12 months).

Additional Information:

Brookings requires that all applicants submit a cover letter and resume. Please attach your cover letter and resume as one document when you apply. Upload additional documents as requested.

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

Brookings is an equal-opportunity employer that is committed to promoting a diverse and inclusive workplace. We welcome applications from all qualified individuals regardless of race, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, religion, physical or mental disability, marital status, veteran status, or other factors protected by law.

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