Brookings Rubenstein Fellow, Economic Studies

Rubenstein Fellow, Economic Studies (Job ID: 2018-1898Brookings is pleased to announce the second round of the David M. Rubenstein Fellowship Program. The challenges facing the United States and the world require rigorous, innovative, evidence-based research that generate fresh thinking and innovative policy solutions. Through this program, Brookings is seeking to increase diversity in our scholarly community by recruiting the next generation of rising stars and creative thinkers to help achieve our mission of improving governance in the United States and across the world.

For the 2019 class, the institution is again looking for ten outstanding early- to mid-career scholars and policy experts with a diverse array of backgrounds, experience, and scholarship expertise.

In addition to the research priorities of the five programs, Brookings is placing an emphasis on policy researchers with a background in artificial intelligence, emerging technology, and/or data science with public policy. Strong candidates may be as conversant about deep reinforcement learning as they are labor policy, or as familiar with cryptography as they are international security. Alternately, they may use novel data (e.g., satellite imagery, social media posts, IRS records) or methodologies (e.g., machine learning, survey experiments) to gain insight into pressing policy questions. In both cases, strong candidates will draw on deep technical expertise to inform their policy research, and demonstrate a clear ability and willingness to work at the intersection of artificial intelligence, emerging technology, data science, and/or public policy.

Rubenstein Fellows will have the opportunity to enhance the policy impact of their ideas and academic achievements by working with Brookings’s network of scholars and experts, relying on the Institution’s abilities to develop and promote research to the policy community and the wider public.

Rubenstein Fellows will diversify, augment, and complement the core policy research expertise of the more than 100 resident scholars at Brookings.


Program Overview

The Economic Studies program analyzes current and emerging economic issues facing the United States and the world and, based on that research, provides innovative, practical policy recommendations. ES’s work covers a broad array of economic issues, including the labor market, regulation, health policy, and fiscal and monetary policy. Economic Studies scholars influence key economic policies by conducting rigorous and relevant research and then disseminating and communicating their findings to the policy community and to the broader public.


Rubenstein Fellows in Economic Studies will publish in-depth, peer-reviewed monographs and research papers, as well as short opinion pieces, blog posts, and other products for promoting their ideas in the public policy debate. Rubenstein Fellows will also participate in public and private events, and contribute to the overall intellectual life of the Institution.


The Rubenstein Fellows in Economic Studies must hold a Ph.D. or equivalent in economics or related field. Must have at least two years of post-doctoral research or policy-related experience, with a proven record of publishing; candidates should have strong record of productivity with the potential to be recognized as a leader in his or her field. No newly-minted PhDs, please.


(The program does not fund pre-or postdoctoral research, work toward a degree, or the completion of projects for which substantial progress has been made prior to the fellowship period.) Brookings offers a competitive salary and generous benefits package.

Application Process and Selection Timeline:

Interested candidates who meet the program’s eligibility requirements should apply online and submit:

  • A curriculum vitae with a cover letter describing their research interests and proposed agenda for the fellowship,
  • A piece of written work that highlights the candidate’s capabilities.

Please attach your cover letter and CV as one document when you apply. Upload a writing sample as an attachment.


For full consideration, please apply by December 15, 2018. First round interviews will take place in early January 2019, either here at Brookings or at the AEA meetings in Atlanta. Candidates who advance will be invited to present their work at a seminar in February. Following interviews, the ES Research Vice President will recommend finalists for selection by the President. Official announcement of awards will be made by March 31, 2019; however, some selections may be made in advance.


This is a two-year termed appointment.  We expect fellowships to begin in September, 2019.

Selection is based on a combination of the following criteria: depth and breadth of professional experience, quality and rigor of scholarly research, and a commitment to upholding Brookings’s core values of quality, independent, and impactful policy research that seeks to promote the public good.

Additional Information:

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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