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Over the course of a 4-6 month period, fellows will teach a seminar at Qatar University (QU) and will have the opportunity to conduct original research of their own. Fellows are expected to author 1-2 policy briefs on their area of focus, to be published by Brookings. Candidates with a focus on the Gulf region are particularly encouraged to apply.

Fellows will teach a semester-long seminar (16 weeks) at QU, 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), or a related subject, as defined by the fellow. Courses would be discussion-based, enabling fellows to develop and refine their ideas and research in an academic setting. Fellows will also supervise the research of up to four QU students, and be expected to contribute to the intellectual life of the university.

The Brookings Doha Center’s location in the Gulf will allow 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, journalists, as well as the oil and financial communities. The Doha-based international media frequently calls on fellows to provide commentary and analysis.

Applicants should hold a Ph.D. in relevant field, with a proven record of publishing and fluency in English.

Applications are due on September 30, 2011 for a fellowship beginning in Spring 2012.


Applicants should 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; (b) when you would be available to start. Note: We regret that due to a high volume of applications, only those applicants selected for further discussions will be contacted.


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.


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 fellows; and engaging the media to broadly share Brookings analysis with the public.

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