News Release

Brookings is Recruiting for the New Class of David M. Rubenstein Fellows

October 25, 2018

WASHINGTON D.C. – The Brookings Institution is looking for the next generation of scholars producing leading-edge research and policy solutions.


Brookings Institution President John R. Allen announced today the second round of David M. Rubenstein Fellows.

The challenges facing the United States and the world require rigorous, innovative, evidence-based research that generates cutting-edge policy solutions. Through the Rubenstein Fellows program, Brookings is seeking to increase diversity in our scholarly community by recruiting the next generation of rising stars and creative thinkers to help achieve our mission of improving governance in the United States and across the world.

Brookings named the first ten Rubenstein Fellows for the two-year fellowship in 2017.  Made possible by a generous gift from the Brookings Trustee, David M. Rubenstein, the institution is looking for ten outstanding early-to mid-career scholars and policy experts from a diverse array of backgrounds, experience, and scholarship expertise

Brookings has begun accepting applications for the 2019 cohort of Rubenstein Fellows.  More information on research priorities, timelines, and links to apply can be found on the Brookings Career Page.

In addition to the research priorities of the five programs, Brookings is placing an emphasis on policy researchers with a background in artificial intelligence, emerging technology, and/or data science within public policy. Strong candidates may be as conversant about deep reinforcement learning as they are labor policy, or as familiar with cryptography as they are international security. Alternately, they may use novel data (e.g., satellite imagery, social media posts, IRS records) or methodologies (e.g., machine learning, survey experiments) to gain insight into pressing policy questions. In both cases, strong candidates will draw on deep technical expertise to inform their policy research, and demonstrate a clear ability and willingness to work at the intersection of artificial intelligence, emerging technology, data science, and/or public policy.

Rubenstein Fellows will have the opportunity to enhance the policy impact of their ideas and academic achievements by working with Brookings’s network of scholars and experts, and have access to Institutional resources to develop and promote research to the policy community and the wider public. The new fellows will diversify, augment, and complement the core policy research expertise of the more than 100 resident scholars at Brookings.


Rubenstein Fellows will have a primary affiliation with one of Brookings’s five research programs, and will publish in-depth, peer-reviewed monographs and research papers, as well as short opinion pieces, blog posts, and other products for promoting their ideas in the public policy debate. Rubenstein Fellows will also participate in public and private events, and contribute to the overall intellectual life of the Institution.


The Rubenstein Fellowships are open to individuals generally with 5-10 years of experience from a broad range of professional, academic, international, and personal backgrounds who have demonstrated a commitment to improving governance and advancing public policy. Typically, applicants should have an advanced degree in a relevant field or equivalent expertise and possess a record of relevant work experience as well as a firm grounding in public policy. (The program does not fund pre-or postdoctoral research, work toward a degree, or the completion of projects for which substantial progress has been made prior to the fellowship period.) Brookings offers a competitive salary and generous benefits package.

Application Process and Selection Timeline

Interested candidates who meet the program’s eligibility requirements should apply online and submit a curriculum vitae with a cover letter describing their relevant experience as well as research interests and priorities, and a piece of written work that highlights the candidate’s capabilities.

Selection is based on a combination of the following criteria: depth and breadth of professional experience, quality and rigor of scholarly research, and a commitment to upholding Brookings’s core values of quality, independent, and impactful policy research that seeks to promote the public good.

Timelines for notification of semi-finalists scheduled for interviews will vary between research programs.  Part of the interview process will include a presentation on the applicant’s area of research or interest.  Following the round of interviews, the Research Vice Presidents will prepare a slate of finalists for selection by the President. Official announcement of awards will be made by March 31, 2019, however some selections may be made in advance.

Brookings is an equal opportunity employer that is committed to promoting a diverse and inclusive workplace. Applications are welcome 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.

About Brookings

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