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Visiting Fellow, Brookings Doha Center

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Visiting Fellow, Brookings Doha Center
Foreign Policy Program

About the Brookings Doha Center

Based in Qatar, the Brookings Doha Center (BDC) is an initiative of the Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C. that advances high-quality, independent policy analysis and research on the Middle East. The Center maintains a reputation for policy impact and cutting-edge, field-oriented research on socioeconomic and geopolitical issues facing the broader Middle East, including relations with the United States. Open to a broad range of views, the BDC is a hub for Brookings scholarship in the region.

Visiting Fellowships

The BDC hosts two Visiting Fellows each year. Following a competitive selection process, the Visiting Fellow takes up residence at the BDC for a six to nine month period. Visiting Fellows conduct individual research, interact with policymaking communities, and present their research at a seminar. Successful applications will include a significant field research component in the region. Visiting Fellows receive a grant to cover the costs of living, travel, and research.

Each Visiting Fellow is required to complete an Analysis Paper of 8,000 -10,000 words that concludes with policy recommendations. The topic of the paper should fall within one of the main areas of the Center's work:

- Democratization, political reform and public policy;
- Middle East relations with emerging Asian nations, including on the geopolitics economies of energy;
- Conflict and peace processes in the region;
- Educational, institutional, and political reform in the Gulf countries.

While preference is given to these areas, other topics may be considered as appropriate. While preference is given to these areas, other topics may be considered as appropriate. In addition, Visiting Fellows are required to write a 4,000 - 6,000 word Policy Briefing on a separate topic.

Alongside their individual research, Visiting Fellows are expected to contribute to the Center’s lively program of events, workshops, and conferences. The BDC’s convening power gives Fellows the opportunity to engage with policymaking communities, academics, diplomats, government officials, and journalists, as well as regional business leaders. The Doha-based international media frequently call on Fellows to provide commentary and analysis.

The primary language of publication drafts is English. Final reports will be published in both English and Arabic. Visiting Fellows will receive a living stipend that also covers the costs of local car rental, travel to and from Doha, and two additional payments: one for successful completion of a draft analysis paper; and another for a final version of the paper that is accepted by Brookings for publication. In some cases, Fellows may retain their relationship with the Brookings Doha Center in a nonresident capacity for up to one year from their start date.

Applicant Requirements

Applicants should have a PhD in a field relevant to the area of research (strongly preferred). Applicants without a PhD should have at least 10 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. Because of the location of the BDC within Doha, a valid driver's license is strongly recommended.

Program Requirements

Visiting Fellows must be available for a full-time affiliation with the Brookings Doha Center, based in Qatar, for 6-9 months. They are expected to be active participants in BDC activities, including but not limited to regularly organized policy discussions, seminars, workshops and other events. 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 Brookings Doha Center reviews applications primarily twice each year. Applications are due March 1 for a fellowship beginning with a start date between May and June; and September 1 for a fellowship beginning in January. Other start dates for exceptional proposals will be considered as well.

How to Apply

Applicants should submit the following documents to:

  • A CV including professional and educational experience, citizenship, three references, and full contact information.
  • A writing sample (no more than 8,000 words) in English, on a relevant topic. Writing samples should, if possible, be in a format similar to the analysis papers published by Brookings and must not be co-authored.
  • A research proposal of at least 2,000 to 2,500 words. Length requirements must be strictly observed. The proposal should include key questions being addressed; relevance to U.S. and Middle East policymaking communities; method of research; and project objectives.
  • A cover letter which, along with anything additional you wish to convey, states: (a) how you first heard of the Fellowship; and (b) any existing or previous relations with Brookings; (c) preferred start date; and (d) alternate start dates over the course of the subsequent year that might be acceptable to you should your preferred start date not be available.

Note: We regret that due to a high volume of applications, only those applicants selected for further discussions will be contacted.