The Young Professionals in Foreign Policy (YPFP) Fellowship Program is an intensive ten-month fellowship designed to give future leaders in foreign policy the skills they will need to succeed throughout their careers. YPFP Fellows develop their expertise by writing regular articles for a variety of national and international media outlets, including The Huffington Post, The Diplomat, Business Insider, and many more. Fellows are hired to write on either a specific region (Regional Fellowships) or a specific issue area (Thematic Fellowships).
Developing a Voice as a Foreign Policy Expert
An essential part of the Fellowship is building up a portfolio of published work, which takes the form of op-eds, interviews, and book reviews. Before publication, all articles undergo an extensive process of revisions that is designed to strengthen the Fellows’ writing skills. With the support of the Fellowship Editors, Fellows develop an engaging voice and improve their analytic skills. These skills will allow their ideas to influence foreign policy discussions over the course of their careers.
Learning to Apply Expertise
Fellows also benefit from a variety of exclusive opportunities and programming designed specifically for their benefit. The Program brings in speakers, and provides mentorship and professional development opportunities. Additionally, other groups within the broader YPFP community will turn to the Fellows for expertise and advice when designing programming in relevant fields. The fellowship class is also a community, with regular happy hours and other socials. Graduating fellows join a growing alumni community and go on to leverage their portfolio of published work and fellowship experiences in their careers.
Candidates undergo a rigorous application process before acceptance into the Fellowship program, including a writing test and an in-person interview. Each fall, a set number of fellowships on predetermined topics become available to applicants. Fellow selection is based primarily on writing ability and demonstrated knowledge of and experience with the subject of the given Fellowship. Most fellows have a graduate degree and/or strong experience in their field. The hands-on curriculum development and publications make this fellowship perfect for academics and practitioners alike.
Fellowship applications open in the fall and the hiring runs through December. Selected fellows start on February 1st and their fellowship terms last through November. Be sure to check the Staff Openings page for new fellowship opportunities and application instructions.
Fellowship Positions for the 2017 Program:
- Economics and Trade
- Environmental and Energy Politics
- Geostrategy and Diplomacy
- Global Health
- Human Rights
- International Development
- International Law and Governance
- Nuclear Security
- Technology and Cybersecurity
- Terrorism and Asymmetric Warfare
- US Foreign Policy
- Youth and International Affairs
If your area of foreign policy expertise does not fall into one of the Regional or Thematic Fellowships above, you may apply for a Self-Designed Fellowship. Acceptance for a Self-Designed Fellowship will be extremely competitive.
The Fellowship Program is also seeking Editors to join its elite Editorial Staff:
Fellowship Editors work closely with the Fellows to help them refine and publish articles in major online media outlets. Editors also benefit from the Fellowship Program’s full range of enrichment and development opportunities. For more information, see here.