Brookings Doha Center – Qatar University
Foreign Policy Program
About the Brookings Doha Center
Established in 2007, the Brookings Doha Center (BDC) is an integral part of the Brookings Institution’sForeign Policy Program. The Center undertakes independent, policy-oriented research on the socioeconomic and geopolitical issues facing the broader Middle East, 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.
In 2011 the Brookings Doha Center launched a joint fellowship with Qatar University (QU). Over the course of a 4-6 month period, fellows teach up to two courses at the university and have the opportunity to conduct original research of their own. Fellows are expected to author a policy brief on their area of focus, to be published by Brookings. Candidates with a focus on the Gulf region are particularly encouraged to apply.
BDC-QU fellows teach a semester-long seminar (16 weeks) at Qatar University, 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, Education, Law), or a related subject as defined by the fellow. Courses are typically discussion-based, enabling fellows to develop and refine their ideas and research in an academic setting.
The Brookings Doha Center’s location in the Gulf allows 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, and 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 a relevant field, with a proven record of publishing and fluency in English.
Timeline and Deadline
The program accepts two fellows per academic year. Applications are due May 30, 2013 for a fellowship beginning in Fall 2013, and August 30, 2013 for a fellowship beginning in Spring 2014.
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.
How to Apply
Submit the following documents to: DohaCenter(at)brookings.edu
Brookings welcomes resumes from all qualified applicants, particularly women and minorities.
- 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; and (b) when you would be available to start.
We regret that due to a high volume of applications, only those applicants selected for further discussions will be contacted.