Rubenstein Fellow, Global Economy and Development at Brookings Institution

The Brookings Institution is a nonprofit public policy organization based in Washington, DC. Our mission is to conduct in-depth research that leads to new ideas for solving problems facing society at the local, national and global level.

We bring together leading experts in government and academia from all over the world, rooted in open-minded inquiry and representing diverse points of view, who provide the highest quality research, policy recommendations, and analysis. Research topics cover a full range of public policy issues in economics, foreign policy, development, governance and metropolitan policy.


With fair and transparent business practices, clear communication, mutual respect, and a collaborative atmosphere that offers both professional and personal development opportunities, Brookings offers an inclusive and welcoming workplace that values the efforts of all contributors.


Rubenstein Fellowship


Brookings is pleased to announce the third round of the David M. Rubenstein Fellowship Program. The challenges facing the United States and the world require rigorous, innovative, evidence-based research that generates fresh thinking and innovative policy solutions. Through this program, Brookings seeks 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 2021 class, the Institution is again looking for 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 set by each of our five programs, the Institution’s Presidential Research Priorities are the Global Middle Class; Artificial Intelligence and Emerging Technology; American Leadership in the 21st Century; and Race, Justice, and Equity.


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

Founded in 2006, the Global Economy and Development program at Brookings aims to shape the policy debate on how to improve global economic cooperation and fight global poverty and sources of social stress. With a long-term vision of strong, sustainable, and balanced growth for a prosperous world, the program undertakes high-quality research, identifies target audiences and policy opportunities, and shares its findings to inform new policy solutions.



Ready to contribute to Brookings success?


Rubenstein Fellows 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.



Ready to make an impact? In this role, you will support Brookings values of collegiality, respect, inclusion, diversity and community, and bring the following qualifications:




The Rubenstein Fellowships are open to individuals, generally with 5-15 years of experience in a broad range of professional, academic, international, and personal backgrounds, who have demonstrated a commitment to improving governance and advancing public policy. Typically, applicants should have an advanced degree in a relevant field, or equivalent expertise, a record of relevant work experience and a firm grounding in public policy. 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.


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 relevant experience as well as research interests and priorities, and
  • A piece of written work that highlights the candidate’s capabilities.


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


For full consideration, please apply by January 8, 2021.


This is a two-year termed appointment.  We expect fellowships to begin in September 2021.


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, independence, and impact in policy research that seeks to promote the public good.


Additional Information:


What can we offer you? Brookings provides a generous benefit package that is comprehensive and includes both traditional benefits and unique offerings.


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


Brookings welcomes and celebrates diversity in all its forms.  We welcome applications that reflect a variety of backgrounds based on ideology, race, ethnicity, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, veteran status, first generation college goers, and other factors protected by law. Brookings is proud to be an equal-opportunity employer that is committed to promoting a diverse and inclusive workplace.

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