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 & Module 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
A defining part of the fellowship for the Module Fellows is the drafting of a Leadership Incubator Module curriculum, with modules corresponding to the subjects of the fellows. Past module topics have included Intelligence, Strategic Communication, Sustainable Development, Political Risk, and many others. By providing the intellectual capital for these modules, Fellows will have the unique experience of designing a six to eight week course that is one of YPFP's flagship offerings.
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. 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 January 1st and their fellowship terms last through November. Be sure to check the Staff Openings page for new fellowship opportunities and application instructions.
Please also note that fellows must be dues paying members of YPFP and located in the greater Washington D.C. region, with the exception of Regional Fellows based in the region corresponding to the subject of the Fellowship.