Scholarship Visiting Fellow
Brookings Doha Center
Foreign Policy Program
About the Brookings Doha Center
Established in 2007, the Brookings Doha Center (BDC) is a project of the Saban Center for Middle East Policy at the Brookings Institution and an integral part of the Brookings Institution’s Foreign Policy Program. The BDC is also affiliated with the Brookings Project on U.S. Relations with the Islamic World, with which it co-organizes the annual U.S.-Islamic World Forum generally held in Qatar. The Center undertakes independent, policy-oriented research on the socioeconomic and geopolitical issues facing Muslim-majority states and communities, including relations with the United States. Open to a broad range of views, the BDC is a hub for Brookings scholarship in the region. The Center’s research and programming agenda includes key mutually enforcing endeavors. These include: convening ongoing public policy discussions with political, business, and thought leaders from the Muslim-majority states and communities and the United States; hosting visiting fellows; and engaging the media to broadly share Brookings analysis with the public.
The Brookings Doha Center (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.
The BDC’s convening power gives Visiting Fellows the opportunity to share views with policy scholars and opinion leaders, academics, diplomats, government officials, journalists, as well as the oil and financial communities. The Doha-based international media frequently calls on Fellows to provide commentary and analysis.
Visiting Fellows are drawn from mid-to-senior ranks of governments, think tanks, universities, and media from the United States, the Middle East, and elsewhere. Successful applicants generally have a PhD, or broad governmental, civil society, or professional experience, as well as fluency in English. 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.
Each Visiting Fellow is required to complete a Brookings Doha Center analysis paper of 8,000-12,000 words which concludes with policy recommendations that fall within one of the three main areas of the Center’s work:
Democratization, political reform, and public policy (with particular emphasis on transitional processes);
Emerging powers in the Middle East; and
Conflict and peace processes in the region.
While preference is given to these areas, other topics may be considered as appropriate. Research should contribute to a better understanding of U.S. relations with the Middle East.
In addition, Visiting Fellows write a brief 3,000-4,000 word policy paper on a separate topic.
The primary language of publication drafts is English. Final reports will be published in both English and Arabic. Fellowships are based at the Brookings Doha Center in Doha, Qatar. Visiting Fellows will receive a living stipend that also covers the cost of local car rental, coverage of 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. Because of the location of the BDC within Doha, a valid driver’s license is strongly recommended.
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 August 1 for a fellowship beginning in January. Other start dates for exceptional proposals will be considered as well.
How to ApplySubmit the following four items as Word documents to: DohaCenter@brookings.edu 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, that will enable evaluators to review the quality of writing. Writing samples should, if possible, be in a format similar to the analysis papers published by Brookings and should not be co-authored. A research proposal of at least 2,000 to 2,500 words. Length requirements will be strictly observed. The proposal should include key questions being addressed; relevance to United States and Muslim-majority country 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; (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.
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