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Note:  Fellowships are based at the Brookings Doha Center in Doha, Qatar.


About the Brookings Doha Center

Established in 2008, the Brookings Doha Center (BDC) is an overseas center of the Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C. As a hub for Brookings scholarship in the region, the BDC advances high- quality, independent research and policy analysis on the Middle East and North Africa. In 2011 the Brookings Doha Center launched a joint Visiting Fellowship with Qatar University (QU).

Joint Visiting Fellowship

Over the course of a 9-month period, the fellow will teach up to two courses at Qatar University and have the opportunity to conduct original research of their own. The 9-month period covers two academic semesters at Qatar University. The joint fellow is expected to author a policy briefing on her/his area of focus, to be published by Brookings. Candidates with a focus on the Gulf region are particularly encouraged to apply.


Teaching (60%)

  • Teach a semester-long seminar (16 weeks) at Qatar University on a topic of her/his own choosing. This may be one of the courses currently offered in the QU Gulf Studies Program (History, Political Science, Economics, International Relations, Education, Law), or a related subject as defined by the Visiting Fellow.
  • Teach 1-2 courses, which are typically discussion-based, enabling the fellow to develop and refine her/his ideas and research in an academic setting.


Research, Writing, and Outreach (40%)

  • Undertake original research and writing on a topic of their choosing.
  • Produce one policy briefing (3,000 to 3,500 words) on a policy-relevant issue.
  • Produce regular op-eds and blogposts both for Brookings and other media outlets.
  • Provide media commentary and expertise.



Education/Experience Requirements:


Applicants should hold a Ph.D. in a relevant field by the time of appointment, with a proven record of publishing and fluency in English, as well as experience teaching at an undergraduate level. Knowledge of Arabic is desirable.


Knowledge/Skills Requirements:

Strong research record and commitment to excellence in teaching. Organizational, communication, and interpersonal skills, with a high level of professionalism. Must be flexible, self-motivated, and eager to engage students through effective teaching.


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. Your CV and cover letter should include professional and educational experience, citizenship details, three references, and full contact information.


When prompted, upload the following documents:


  • Course Proposal – A 200-300-word proposal of a course that you would be interested in teaching at Qatar University.
  • Research Proposal – A research proposal of around 500 words for a policy briefing. Length requirements must be strictly observed. The proposal should include the key questions being addressed, relevance to policymaking communities, and method of research, project objectives, and an estimated timeline.
  • Writing Sample – A writing sample (no more than 8,000 words) in English, on a relevant topic.


The deadline to apply is May 2, 2019.


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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