The Brookings Institution: Postdoctoral Research Fellowship, Foreign Policy

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Program Foreign Policy
Job Function Fellowship
Posted Date 12/9/2016
Job ID 2016-1343
Salary N/A

About the Foreign Policy Program

America’s conduct of foreign policy demands that, as a nation, we address the dual realities of new threats and opportunities in a world that is more connected and interdependent, where technology has eclipsed traditional understandings of borders and security. The Foreign Policy studies program, under the direction of Vice President and Director Bruce Jones, has two goals:

  1. To understand the dynamics of world affairs and the challenges they pose to the international community.
  2. To influence policies and institutions in the United States and abroad that promote sustainable peace, security, and prosperity around the world.


The Foreign Policy program at the Brookings Institution invites applications for the award of up to two full-time resident fellowships for policy-oriented postdoctoral research for the 2017-2018 academic year.

The fellowship carries a stipend of $58,500 USD, payable in installments over a period of residency at Brookings of no less than nine months and no more than 12 months. This income is taxable; Brookings will withhold taxes and report on stipend payments according to U.S. tax guidelines. The Institution will also provide up to $5,000 USD in expense reimbursements for research-related travel, and other essential research requirements. Brookings will provide a workspace, networked desktop computer, an individual network account, and access to Brookings research resources. Postdoctoral Research Fellows are eligible to participate in the Institution’s health insurance plan during the period of their appointment, at his/her expense. Immediate family members may also be included at an additional charge.


During the course of the Fellowship, each Postdoctoral Research Fellow should research and write two 6,000-10,000 word research papers with the objective of publishing them in peer-reviewed journals or on a Brookings platform. One research paper should discuss policy implications of the Fellow’s doctoral dissertation, and the other will be based on a topic mutually agreed upon by the Postdoctoral Research Fellow and the Vice President and Director of Foreign Policy. At least one of these papers will be presented to and discussed with Brookings scholars during the course of the Fellowship.

In addition to the research papers, Postdoctoral Research Fellows are encouraged to contribute to the Foreign Policy program’s broader research efforts, and may write shorter pieces for the Brookings website and outside platforms, subject to Brookings research and publication guidelines. Postdoctoral Research Fellows are invited to participate in the Brookings community. During their stay they may attend conferences and discussions hosted by Brookings and will have access to the research resources available to resident staff members.


Postdoctoral Research Fellows will be expected to pursue their research and writing at the Brookings Institution for a period of no less than nine months and no more than 12 months, beginning in September 2017 and ending no later than August 2018.

Education/Experience Requirements

The fellowship is designed for recent PhD conferees whose research interests and career goals are directly related to the major interests of the Foreign Policy program: geopolitics of Asia; geopolitics and governance of Europe and Russia; governance and security of the Middle East; U.S. strategy and security; and governance innovation in global issues. Candidates must have the ability to work independently. Fluency in written and spoken English is required.

Knowledge/Skills Requirements

Awards will go to recent PhD conferees whose research interests align with the Foreign Policy program’s priorities, whose application materials and previous research demonstrate high quality and relevance to policy, and who will benefit from access to Foreign Policy scholars and the Washington community. Brookings requires that all applicants to the Foreign Policy Postdoctoral Research Fellowship submit:

1.Curriculum vitae: A detailed curriculum vitae explaining your education and work history; publication and writing history including significant research that has not yet been published; fellowships, honors, and awards; and funded research including past and present foundation support.

2. Statement of research: A statement of 10 pages or less describing policy implications of your primary research interest. This should include:

3. Writing sample: A writing sample of 20 pages or less, ideally drawn from your PhD dissertation.

4. Transcript: An official or unofficial transcript from the PhD-awarding institution.

5. Letters of recommendation: In addition, three confidential letters of recommendation must be submitted to Brookings directly by referees. Letters should address this Fellowship specifically, and should describe the capacity in which the letter is written; the applicant’s aptitude for research and expertise in the proposed research project; the feasibility of the project and its relevance to policy; and the applicant’s motivation, persistence, and maturity.

Application procedure and deadlines

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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.

Successful completion of a background investigation is required for employment at Brookings.

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last updated 8-Jan-2017