Post-Doctoral Research Fellow – Brookings Institution

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The Foreign Policy program at the Brookings Institution invites applications for the award of up to two full-time resident fellowships for policy-oriented post-doctoral research for the 2019-2020 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. Post-Doctoral Research Fellows, and their immediate families, are eligible to participate in the Institution’s medical, dental, and vision insurance. Post-Doctoral Research Fellows may be responsible for costs associated with the insurance(s) provided.


During the course of the Fellowship, each Post-Doctoral Research Fellow should conduct independent research and writing. Objectives may include publishing on a Brookings platform, in a peer-reviewed journal, or developing a policy-relevant book manuscript based on dissertation research. Post-Doctoral Research Fellows will have the opportunity to present this research in a discussion session with Brookings scholars during the course of the Fellowship.

Post-Doctoral Research Fellows are also encouraged to contribute to the Foreign Policy program’s broader research efforts, including active participation in FP research projects and activities.

Post-Doctoral Research Fellows may write shorter pieces for the Brookings website and outside platforms, subject to Brookings research and publication guidelines. Post-Doctoral Research Fellows are invited to participate in the Brookings community. During their stays they may attend conferences and discussions hosted by Brookings and will have access to the research resources available to resident staff members.

Post-Doctoral 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 2019 and ending no later than August 2020.

For the 2019-2020 Post-Doctoral Research Fellow program, Foreign Policy has a special interest in candidates working on the intersection of geopolitics and technology trends, especially developments in artificial intelligence and/or cybersecurity.


Education/Experience Requirements:

The fellowship is designed for recent PhD conferees; at a minimum, fellows must have formally submitted the final version of the PhD dissertation by September 1, 2019. Foreign Policy seeks candidates who will benefit from access to Foreign Policy scholars and the Washington community, and whose research interests and career goals are directly related to major interests of the program: the rapid re-ordering of geopolitics among the great and major powers, the disordering of relations within and between states and among transnational actors; and globalization and governance innovation, with particular emphasis on the intersection of technology and U.S. national security, and challenges to liberal democracy.

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 expertise, quality, originality, and relevance to policy. Strong writing skills are required. Candidates must have the ability to work independently. Fluency in written and spoken English is required.

Additional Information:

Brookings requires that all applicants to the Foreign Policy Post-Doctoral Research Fellowship submit the following directly through the Brookings website:

  1. Curriculum vitae: A detailed curriculum vitae explaining the applicant’s 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, which may be single-spaced, proposing research to be conducted during this Fellowship. This should include:
    • The nature, purpose, scope, and method of the proposed research;
    • A description of the policy implications of this research;
    • Why the applicant wishes to do this research at Brookings;
    • The background studies and research that the applicant has done to prepare for this project and the amount of research completed on it;
    • Timeframe and estimated date of completion of the project;
    • The applicant’s availability in 2019-2020 and preferred Fellowship timeframe; and
    • Long-term career interests and anticipated career development over the next five to ten years
  3. Writing samples: A writing sample of 20 pages or less, ideally drawn from the applicant’s PhD dissertation. Applicants are also strongly encouraged to submit a sample of long- or short-form published work (in a scholarly or popular forum) featuring policy analysis.
  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. They 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 specific qualities that make the applicant likely to benefit from and contribute to the Brookings community.


Application procedure and deadlines:

  • Application materials must be uploaded directly to the Brookings website no later than January 4, 2019 in order to qualify for consideration. Applications submitted through other websites will not be considered.
  • Please upload the curriculum vitae, statement of research interests, and writing sample (if possible) as one file.
  • Letters of recommendation must be submitted by referees no later than January 18, 2019. Letters may be emailed directly to this address or submitted via Interfolio. Brookings will not prompt referees to submit letters on applicants’ behalf.
  • Questions may be sent via email to


Please note:

  • Materials sent through regular postal service will not be accepted.
  • Incomplete applications and those received after the deadline will not be considered.

Successful completion of a background investigation is required for affiliation 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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