Brookings Doha Center Fellowships and Internships

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Based in Qatar, the Brookings Doha Center (BDC) is an initiative of the Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C. that advances high-quality, independent policy analysis and research on the Middle East. The Center maintains a reputation for policy impact and cutting-edge, field-oriented research on 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.

Visiting Fellowship

Visiting fellows takes up residence at the BDC for a six to nine month period, during which time they conduct individual research, interact with policymaking communities, and present their research at a seminar. Visiting fellows complete both a Policy Briefing and Analysis Paper during their time affiliated with the BDC.

Nonresident Fellowship

Nonresident fellows are hosted for a period of one year, with possibility of renewal. Candidates are accomplished scholars, analysts or former officials with a concentration that falls within one of the three main areas of the BDC’s work: democratization, political reform and public policy; emerging powers in the Middle East; and conflict and peace processes in the region.

Brookings Doha Center – Qatar University Joint Fellowship

Over the course of a 4-6 month period, renewable up to 10 months, Fellows teach a seminar at the university and have the opportunity to conduct original research of their own. Fellows author a policy briefing on their area of focus, to be published by Brookings. Fellows also augment the BDC research platform by producing other opinion pieces and articles as an affiliated BDC scholar.

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), or a related subject, as defined by the fellow. Courses are discussion-based, enabling fellows to develop and refine their ideas and research in an academic setting. Fellows also supervise the research of up to four Qatar University students, thereby contributing to the intellectual life of the University.


To advance its local reach and global branding, the BDC hosts interns from the following Universities for either semester-long or summer-long terms.

Qatar University Georgetown University in Qatar Stanford University


Visiting fellows are drawn from mid-to-senior ranks of governments, think tanks, universities, and media from the United States, the Middle East, and elsewhere. Successful applicants generally have a PhD or broad governmental, civil society, or professional experience, as well as fluency in English.


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Program Requirements

Visiting Fellows must be available for a full-time affiliation with the Brookings Doha Center, based in Qatar, for 4-6 months. They are expected to be active participants in BDC activities, including but not limited to regularly organized policy discussions, seminars, workshops and other events. Visiting Fellows must be familiar with and uphold the Brookings Institution’s commitment to independent, nonpartisan research and publication, and to maintaining the highest level of integrity in pursuit of this mission.

Timeline and Deadline

The Brookings Doha Center reviews applications primarily twice each year. Applications are due by March 15 for a Fellowship beginning in the Fall of the same year, and July 15 for a Fellowship beginning in Spring of the following year. Other start dates for exceptional proposals will be considered as well.

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