Young Professionals in Foreign Policy Co-Director, Fellows Program (Volunteer Position)


Young Professionals in Foreign Policy (YPFP) fosters the next generation of foreign policy leaders by providing its members the knowledge, skills, exposure, and relationships to tackle critical global challenges over the course of their careers.   YPFP is a dynamic, global, nonpartisan, nonprofit organization with more than 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.


The Research Department is responsible for developing and capturing the intellectual capital of YPFP. The team critically analyzes key foreign policy issues to produce op-eds, articles, blog posts, reference materials, and presentations; creates materials for use by YPFP’s senior leadership; provides a forum for member engagement via in-person Discussion Groups; and manages YPFP’s blog that explores the intersection of the Millennial generation and future foreign policy.  The Research Department is the leader in positioning YPFP as an influential foreign policy organization.


To join the staff of YPFP, please contact with a letter of interest and resume. Please include the position title in the subject line.


Overview of the YPFP Research Fellowship Program

The YPFP Fellowship Program is an intensive research training experience designed for YPFP members who are preparing for careers in foreign policy and international affairs. YPFP research fellows, will be in a unique position to advance foreign policy and international relations research, and translate findings from their analysis into potential solutions for challenges facing the millennium generation. YPFP’s Research Fellows Program provides fellows with the chance to focus on a research project part-time and assists in determining how the can incorporate research in their professional career.


The fellowship program provides experience in modern research techniques and introduces YPFP members to the kinds of projects encountered during postgraduate research training. The program fosters an understanding of the planning, discipline, and teamwork involved in researching the intricacies and challenges of current issues that affect our generation. Fellows first spend two weeks taking free virtual training sessions on a variety of research and analytical methods prior to undertaking research projects. The fellows then spend the next 10 weeks pursuing individual research projects under the guidance of the program directors. 


In addition to undertaking a research project, fellows are also supplied with information and resources on careers and graduate study in foreign policy. At the end of the program, fellows present their research findings through an oral presentation, poster session, or a virtual meeting. Fellows will receive the opportunity to publish through YPFP and retain their ownership rights. Approximately 10 fellows participate in the YPFP Research Fellowship Program per term (6-12 months depending on fellow’s availability). Fellows are assigned to a research project in consultation with the directors of the program and according to their previous training and research interests. Potential areas of research include but are not limited to: Civil-military relations & defense; energy & the environment; public diplomacy; terrorism; regional studies; and much more.



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 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.