Co-Director, Fellows Program, Research Department (Volunteer)

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, nonprofit 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.

Co-Director, Fellows Program Description:

The YPFP Fellowship Program is an intensive research training experience designed for YPFP members preparing for careers in foreign policy and international affairs. YPFP Research Fellows, are in a unique position to research topics that are central to YPFP’s worldview and translate these findings into potential solutions for challenges facing the millennial generation.  This research is designed to add to the overall foreign policy discourse, and  advance YPFP’s standing within the international affairs community. YPFP’s Research Fellows Program provides fellows with the chance to focus on a part-time research project and the opportunity to further develop their research, writing and analytical skills.

The program fosters an understanding of the planning, discipline, and teamwork involved in researching the challenges that affect our generation. Fellows are provided with projects specifically tailored to the YPFP Research Agenda and the YPFP Leadership Incubator.  The research agenda establishes the critical issues, topics, and questions that YPFP believes are central to developing a narrative around, and a fact-based blueprint for, building the foreign policy leader of the future.  The Leadership Incubator module series is designed to equip members with the key knowledge and tangible skills to succeed in their foreign policy careers – and to become the leaders tomorrow’s world requires by providing members a set of sequenced events, workshops and seminars in an intensive 8 - 12 week series.

The Co-Director of the Fellows program will work with their fellow Co-Director and Research Department senior staff to create a customized work plan which outlines the specific deliverables to be completed by fellows throughout their fellowship. The Assistant Director will help assist the fellows over the next 3 - 6 months as they pursue a variety of research projects, and provide all necessary support to see that their deliverables are met.   


To apply, please email your résumé and a brief statement of interest to


Roles and Responsibilities:

  • Manages a team of fellows and oversees every aspect of their fellowship and development.

  • Work with Co-Director and senior staff in the Research Department to help craft the curriculum for the fellowship, including the topics that each fellow will research.

  • Liaise with YPFP Senior Leadership, and other YPFP departments to gain their recommendations and expertise to help facilitate and improve the Fellowship Program.

Eligibility and Requirements:

  • Located in Washington, DC and be a YPFP General (dues-paying) Member

  • Experience in research collection methods and design

  • Strong interest in foreign affairs and related policy issues.

  • Excellent interpersonal, communication and team-work skills.

  • Prior management experience.

  • Excellent time-management skills, written and verbal communication skills, and attention to detail.

  • Be able to work in virtual organizations.

  • Master’s Degree preferred.

  • Commit to a one year appointment with a three-month probationary period.