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A new class of Rubenstein Fellows at Brookings will study key challenges facing the US and the global community

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The ten outstanding early- and mid-career scholars will contribute invaluable expertise to Brookings.

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Brookings Institution President Strobe Talbott announced today the arrival of the inaugural class of David M. Rubenstein Fellows. Brookings has appointed 10 outstanding early-and mid-career scholars and experts from the United States and abroad to serve a two-year term as fellows at the Institution.

This initiative, supported by a generous gift from Brookings Trustee David M. Rubenstein, aims to advance a key goal of the Institution’s strategic plan for its second century, which is to recruit scholars whose diversity of experience will expand the range of perspectives within the Institution’s scholarly community. The inaugural class of fellows have a demonstrated commitment to rigorous, innovative, evidence-based research that will generate new thinking within the Brookings community and innovative policy solutions for government.

“As we progress into our second century at Brookings, I am confident that this group of Rubenstein fellows will help us tackle the key governance challenges of the 21st Century,” Brookings’s President Strobe Talbott said. “The fellows’ impressive and diverse backgrounds and expertise will enrich our scholarly community. They share a commitment to Brookings’s standards of quality, independence, and impact, and we look forward to their contributions. David’s generosity has enabled us to expand the intellectual talent at Brookings. All of us at the Institution are grateful for his vision and support.”

The 10 fellows bring with them a commitment to solving many public policy challenges at the forefront of national and global conversations.

“I am proud to say that the inaugural class of Rubenstein Fellows at Brookings are among the country’s brightest young minds. They are each emerging leaders in their field,” said David Rubenstein. “These experts were carefully selected for their ability to bring innovative ideas that complement the core policy research expertise at Brookings in a new way. I am thrilled to support this exciting effort that augments Brookings’s world-renowned research and advances its commitment to fostering diverse thinking among public policy researchers and practitioners.”

This new program is made possible by a multi-million dollar gift from Brookings Trustee David M. Rubenstein, co-founder and co-chief executive officer of the Carlyle Group.

Learn more about the inaugural class of David M. Rubenstein Fellows.


Founded in 1916, the Brookings Institution is a nonprofit public policy organization based in Washington, DC. Brookings’s mission is to improve governance at the local, national, and global levels through rigorous research and analysis that lead to practical public policy recommendations. Brookings scholars are dedicated to finding solutions to the today’s great challenges and those over the horizon. Brookings celebrated its centenary in 2016 and launched a new strategic plan to ensure that it enters its second century with continued relevance and a renewed commitment to its core values of Quality, Independence, and Impact.


David Nassar

Vice President, Communications - The Brookings Institution

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