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In 2011 the Brookings Doha Center launched a joint Visiting Fellowship with Qatar University (QU). Over the course of a 4-6 month period, Fellows teach up to two courses at the university and have the opportunity to conduct original research of their own. Fellows are expected to author a policy brief on their area of focus, to be published by Brookings. Candidates with a focus on the Gulf region are particularly encouraged to apply. BDC-QU Fellows teach a semester-long seminars (16 weeks) at Qatar University on a topic of his/her own choosing. This may be one of the courses currently offered in the QU International Affairs program (History, Political Science, Economics, International Relations, Education, Law), or a related subject as defined by the Visiting Fellow. Courses are typically discussion-based, enabling Fellows to develop and refine their ideas and research in an academic setting.

The Brookings Doha Center’s location in the Gulf allows scholars to conduct field research in the region. The Center’s convening power gives Fellows the opportunity to share views with policy scholars and opinion leaders, academics, diplomats, government officials, and journalists, as well as regional business leaders. The Doha-based international media frequently calls on Fellows to provide commentary and analysis. Applicants should hold a Ph.D. in a relevant field, with a proven record of publishing and fluency in English.

Timeline and Deadline

The program accepts two Fellows per academic year.

Applications are due by March 15 for a Fellowship beginning in the Fall of the same year, and July 15 for a Fellowship beginning in Spring of the following year.

Fellows will receive a competitive grant that will cover the costs of travel to and from Doha, accommodation, and living expenses. An additional fund for further travel and research in the region will also be provided.

How to Apply

Submit the following documents to:

– A CV including professional and educational experience, citizenship, three references, and full contact information.

– A 200-300 word proposal of a course that you would be interested in teaching at Qatar University.

– A writing sample (no more than 8,000 words) in English, on a relevant topic.

– A cover letter which, along with anything additional you wish to convey, states: (a) how you first heard of the Fellowship; and (b) when you would be available to start. Only applicants meeting minimum qualifications for the position will be considered.

Successful completion of a background investigation is required for employment in this position.

Brookings welcomes resumes from all qualified applicants, particularly women and minorities. No phone calls and no employment agencies please.

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