Fellowship Program at YPFP – Thematic Fellowships

Fellowship Program Description:

The Fellowship Program at YPFP is designed to give rising leaders in foreign policy the opportunity to accelerate their careers. Over an eight-month period, Fellows are given diverse opportunities to improve their writing and subject matter expertise. Fellows benefit from exclusive workshops and socials, as well as mentorship opportunities. Fellows publish monthly op-eds, book reviews or interviews, and their work has recently been featured in Business Insider, The Hill, Foreign Policy, The Diplomat, The National Interest, The Huffington Post, and YPFP’s own Charged Affairs.

For more details on the Fellowship Program, please visit the Fellowship page.

To see our current Fellows, please visit the Fellows page.

Position Description:

As a YPFP Fellow, you would join an elite team of early career professionals, graduate researchers, and academics in an eight-month program focused on developing and articulating your subject matter expertise and sharing it with a national and international audience. YPFP Fellowships are divided by regional or thematic topic. Fellows will have many opportunities for peer review and collaboration throughout the year. Each Fellow will publish one article, interview, or book review each month. These will be supported by our elite editorial team that will help you not only produce top quality work, but get it placed in national and international media outlets to build your voice and credibility in your field.

Up to sixteen candidates will be selected as Thematic Fellows (two per theme maximum). Only candidates based in Washington DC will be eligible. Successful applicants will have a demonstrated background in international affairs and record of interest in their selected theme. As a Thematic Fellow, you will be expected to understand the major issues, actors, and policies impacting your selected theme, and be able to write and discuss the topic in multiple international and regional contexts. Candidates with a track record of professionally engaging with such issues will stand out. The available Thematic Fellowships are listed below:

  • Cybersecurity & Technology
  • Economics & Trade
  • Environmental & Energy Politics
  • Gender in Foreign Policy
  • Geostrategy & Diplomacy
  • Global Health
  • Human Rights
  • International Development
  • Security & Defense

This position requires approximately 5 hours per week, and successful candidates will be able to fulfill an 8-month term.

Roles and Responsibilities:

  • Publish one 600-800-word article per month within the broader field of your specialization. Articles are usually op-ed style, but can also include book reviews (we help to connect you with publishers) or interviews (often leveraging the YPFP network).
  • Adherence to publishing deadlines, as well as prompt and professional communication with YPFP staff.
  • Participate in other DC-based enrichment or professional development activities put on for the benefit of Fellows.
  • Work collaboratively with other Fellows, when applicable, by giving each other substantive feedback and occasionally covering the same topic from different angles or co-authoring.
  • Serve as an in-house expert for YPFP on your subject matter, when applicable, and get involved with the broader YPFP community.

Desired Skills and Experience:

  • A strong background in international relations, international affairs, or foreign policy.
  • Demonstrated interest and experience in the subject matter of this fellowship.
  • Stellar writing skills and an interest in analyzing and commenting on developments and issues in your field. A flawless command of English is required.
  • Ability to work independently and meet strict deadlines.
  • Motivated to seize the opportunities of this fellowship, become an active member of the fellowship community.

Eligibility and Selection:

  • Early career foreign policy professional or current graduate student in a relevant field.
  • Resident of the Washington DC area.
  • Fellowships are unpaid and part-time positions.
  • If not already a dues-paying member, candidate must become a YPFP member upon acceptance of an offer.

Application Process:

To apply, please click here to access our online application. Please note you will need the following:

  • Cover Letter
  • Resume
  • Writing samples of 2-3 pages (ideally op-ed style and related to foreign policy)

Applications close on February 1st, 2018, with the term beginning on April 1st, 2018.