YPFP Research Fellowship Program

Posted on December 10, 2012

Young Professionals in Foreign Policy (YPFP) fosters the next generation of foreign policy leaders by providing young professionals the knowledge, skills, exposure, and relationships to tackle critical global challenges over the course of their careers.

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. As a YPFP research fellow, you will be in a unique position to advance foreign policy and international relations research, and translate findings from your analysis into potential solutions for challenges facing the millennium generation. YPFP’s Research Fellows Program provides you with the chance to focus on a research project part-time and assists in determining how you can incorporate research in your 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. 

To Apply

Applications are due to the program directors no later than December 15, 2012. Participants will commence the fellowship starting December 2012. For more information and application form, e-mail Neysha Alvarez, Director, YPFP Research Fellows Program at Neysha.Alvarez@ypfp.org.