Research Fellows, Research Department (Volunteer Position)

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.

Program Description

The YPFP Research Fellows Program is an intensive research training experience designed for YPFP members preparing for careers in foreign policy and international affairs. As the Research Fellow, you will be in a unique position to aid fellows, as they produce research and articles for the YPFP blog and external publications.

Working closely with the Director and Associate Director, the Fellows will be a crucial part of producing YPFP’s intellectual capital.

Fellows are provided with projects specifically tailored to the YPFP Research Agenda.  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. 

At the start of the fellowship, YPFP fellows will work with the director of the fellows program to create a customized work plan that outlines the specific deliverables to be completed throughout the fellowship. The fellows then spend the next six to twelve months pursuing a variety of research projects under the guidance of the program directors. Fellows will leverage their unique skill sets to complete projects that are vital to YPFP’s mission and continued success.

Fellows will receive the opportunity to publish some of their pieces and findings through YPFP, and YPFP will assist fellows in pursuing outside publications to feature their work.  Furthermore, fellows will have the opportunity to gain exposure and foster relationships with foreign policy experts at several networking opportunities.

Please note that YPFP Research Fellowships are unpaid.

Roles and Responsibilities

  • Create content to help tell the story of YPFP’s impact in the foreign policy field
  • Research and write about foreign policy topics that are relevant to YPFP and the millennial generation
  • Interview experts
  • Develop, distribute, and analyze surveys
  • Conduct literature reviews
  • Conduct field-based, qualitative research and analyze findings
  • Produce op-eds, journal articles, reports, academic papers, etc.
  • Contribute to the YPFP Blog

Desired Qualificaitons:

  • Strong writing skills and ability to write in many different styles and formats
  • Strong research skills
  • Ability to coordinate with a team to accomplish research goals
  • Familiarity with Google Apps or other wiki/shared document library tools
  • Familiarity with analytical tools and methods


  • YPFP General Member (dues-paying)
  • Currently based in Washington, D.C.
  • Interest in contributing to the YPFP Research Department and engaging with YPFP staff members worldwide
  • Preference will be given to those with a strong interest and background in the following subjects: Energy Security, Cyber Security, Intelligence, Strategic Communication, China, and Sustainable Development
  • Must have a bachelor’s degree by the time of fellowship appointment; graduate degrees preferred but not a requirement
  • Must dedicate a minimum of 10 hours a week to the program
  • Must be available to respond to emails, phone, and/or messenger within 48 hours

For more information on the program and to receive an application form, please contact Benjamin Mayer, Assistant Director of the YPFP Research Fellows Program, at

Please note that the program will be accepting applications until June 1, 2014