Fellow, US Foreign Policy

About YPFP:

Young Professionals in Foreign Policy (YPFP) is committed to fostering the next generation of foreign policy leaders by providing its members with the knowledge, skills, exposure, and relationships they will need to tackle critical global challenges over the course of their careers. YPFP is a dynamic, global, nonpartisan, non-profit organization with 10,000+ selected members around the world who work in all fields of international affairs. It was established in 2004, and is headquartered in Washington, DC, with branches in Brussels, London, and New York. YPFP is supported by around 150 volunteer staff members worldwide, for whom the leadership and management of a global NGO supplements their daytime career or graduate studies. 

Fellowship Program Description:

The YPFP Research Fellowship is designed to give rising leaders in foreign policy the opportunity to accelerate their careers. Over a one-year period, fellows are given diverse opportunities to improve their writing and subject matter expertise. Some fellows design a curriculum for a six-week YPFP course corresponding to their area of expertise, and all fellows benefit from exclusive workshops and socials, as well as mentorship opportunities. Fellows publish monthly op-eds, book reviews or interviews, and their work has recently been featured in Business Insider, The Hill, Foreign Policy, The Diplomat, The National Interest, The Huffington Post, and our very own Charged Affairs.

For more details on the fellowship, please visit the Fellowship page.

To see our current fellows, please visit the Fellows page.

Position Description:

As a YPFP Thematic Research Fellow, you would join an elite team of early career professionals, graduate researchers, or academics in a year-long program focused on developing and articulating your subject matter expertise and sharing it with a national and international audience. YPFP Fellowships are divided by thematic topic, with each positioning covering an area of international affairs. Fellows will have many opportunities for peer review and collaboration throughout the year. Each fellow will publish one article, interview, or book review each month. These will be supported by our excellent editorial team that will help you not only produce top quality work, but get it placed in national and international media outlets to build your voice and credibility in your field.

Up to two candidates will be selected as YPFP Thematic Research Fellows focused on US foreign policy. Only candidates based in Washington DC will be eligible. Successful applicants will have a demonstrated background in international affairs and record of interest in US foreign policy, diplomacy, and national security. As the US Foreign Policy Fellow, you will need to have expertise in both how the United States interacts with its allies and adversaries, as well as the impact of domestic politics on US foreign policy. Candidates with an interest and track record of engaging with both will stand out, as will candidates with knowledge of the history of US foreign policy.

This position requires approximately 5 hours per week, and successful candidates will be able to fulfill a 10-month term.

Roles and Responsibilities:

  • Publish one 600-800-word article per month within the broader field of your specialization. Articles are usually op-ed style, but can also include book reviews (we help to connect you with publishers) or interviews (often leveraging the YPFP network).
  • Adherence to publishing deadlines and prompt and professional communication with YPFP staff.
  • Participate in other DC-based enrichment or professional development activities put on for the benefit of YPFP Fellows.
  • Work collaboratively with other fellows, when applicable, by giving each other substantive feedback and occasionally covering the same topic from different angles or co-authoring.
  • Serve as an in-house expert for YPFP on your subject matter, when applicable, and get involved with the broader YPFP community.

Desired Skills and Experience:

  • A strong background in international relations, international affairs, or foreign policy.
  • Demonstrated interest and experience in the subject matter of this fellowship.
  • Stellar writing skills and an interest in analyzing and commenting on developments and issues in your field. A flawless command of English is required.
  • Ability to work independently and meet strict deadlines.
  • Motivated to seize the opportunities of this fellowship, become an active member of the fellow community and take initiative.

Eligibility and Selection:

  • Early career foreign policy professional or current graduate student in a relevant field.
  • Resident of the Washington DC area.
  • Fellowships are unpaid and part-time positions.
  • If not already a dues paying member, candidate must become a YPFP member upon acceptance of an offer.

Application Process:

To begin the application process please send a cover letter, resume, and writing sample of 2-3 pages (ideally op-ed style and related to international affairs) to recruiting@ypfp.org, with the heading Thematic Fellowship - US Foreign Policy Application.

Applications are due by November 1st, 2016, with the program beginning on February 1st, 2017.