The has announced a gift of $20 million over six years from board co-chair to establish a fellowship program and provide support for its Foreign Policy program.
The gift includes $15 million to create the David M. Rubenstein Fellowships program, which will appoint up to ten outstanding early- and mid-career scholars and policy experts from the United States and abroad to two-year terms in one of Brookings' five research programs — Economic Studies, Governance Studies, Foreign Policy Studies, Metropolitan Studies, and Global Economy and Development Studies — or for a joint appointment across programs. In addition to conducting in-depth research and analysis and generating policy ideas and recommendations on the key governance challenges of the twenty-first century, Rubenstein Fellows will participate in public and private events and contribute to the intellectual life of the institution. The remaining $5 million will be used to support the Foreign Policy program.
For the 2017 fellowship cohort, Brookings is especially interested in applicants with knowledge, experience, and interest in economic growth and opportunity, international order, urbanization, digital technology, or energy and climate.
"I believe strongly not just in Brookings's work to improve governance locally, nationally, and globally, but in the institution's commitment to fostering diverse thinking in the ranks of public policy researchers and practitioners," said Rubenstein, co-founder and co-CEO of the Carlyle Group. "Finding solutions to the complex challenges we face requires new and innovative thinking that reflects a variety of perspectives, disciplines and experiences. It is my hope that these new fellows will contribute in meaningful ways to building the next generation of experts who are committed to Brookings's high standards of quality, independence, and impact."