Joint Visiting Fellow - Brookings Doha Center (BDC) & Qatar University (QU)

Brookings Doha Center

The BDC hosts a joint visiting fellowship with Qatar University. Over the course of 4-6 months, the joint BDC-QU visiting fellow will teach 1-2 courses at QU and have the opportunity to conduct research. The 4-6 month period covers one academic semester, and the fellowship may be extended by an additional semester. The joint fellow will also author a policy briefing on her/his area of focus, to be published by the BDC. Candidates with a focus on the Maghreb or the Gulf region are particularly encouraged to apply.

Joint BDC-QU visiting fellows teach a semester-long seminar (16 weeks) at QU 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 BDC’s location in the Gulf allows fellows 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 regional business leaders. The Doha-based international media frequently call on fellows to provide commentary and analysis. The fellow will undertake original research and writing on a topic of their choosing and produce one policy briefing (3,500 to 5,000 words) on a policy-relevant issue.


  • Applicants should hold a Ph.D. in a relevant field, with a proven record of publishing and fluency in English, and experience teaching at an undergraduate level. Knowledge of Arabic is desirable.
  • Applicants should have a strong research record and commitment to excellence in teaching, as well as organizational, communication, and interpersonal skills, with a high level of professionalism. Must be flexible, self-motivated, and eager to engage students through effective teaching.

Application Details:
Brookings requires that all applicants submit a cover letter and resume. Please attach your cover letter and resume as one document when you apply. They should include professional and educational experience, three references, and full contact information. When prompted, please also upload the following documents:

  1. A 200-300-word proposal of a course that you would be interested in teaching at Qatar University.
  2. A proposal for a policy briefing of between 1,000 and 1,500 words. Length requirements must be strictly observed. The proposal should include the key questions being addressed, relevance to policymaking communities, and method of research, project objectives, and an estimated timeline.
  3. A writing sample (no more than 8,000 words) in English, on a relevant topic.
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