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It can be difficult for young professionals to demonstrate their expertise in foreign policy.

Formerly known as the "Publishing Fellowship Program," the Rising Experts Program is a year-long writing initiative designed to help young professionals enhance their writing skills, get published, and build a portfolio of work.

This initiative gives Rising Experts the editorial support needed to craft compelling articles and then helps Fellows get published using YPFP’s relationships with various outlets.

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Rising Experts Program Application

Application to the 2021 Rising Expert Program is officially closed. Applications for the 2022 fellowship are expected to open in Mid-January of 2022.

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Meet Our Class of 2021 Rising Experts

Each year, Young Professionals in Foreign Policy (YPFP) welcomes a new class of Rising Experts. Through a highly selective process, Rising Experts are selected for their expertise and passion for their field, as well as for their ability and desire to deepen their knowledge and share it with a wider community.

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Frequently Asked Questions

We've compiled a list of frequently asked questions about the Rising Expert Program and the application process. If there are any additional questions not listed please reach out to the Rising Expert Program email account for more details. 

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Join The Fellowship Editorial Team

The Rising Expert Program at YPFP is designed to give rising leaders in foreign policy the opportunity to accelerate their careers. Over a one-year period, Rising Experts are given diverse opportunities to improve their writing and subject matter expertise. 

Becoming a Rising Expert

Candidates undergo a rigorous application process before acceptance into the Rising Expert Program, including an op-ed writing evaluation and an interview. At the start of the year, a set number of fellowships on predetermined topics become available to applicants. Rising Expert selection is based primarily on writing ability and demonstrated knowledge of and experience with the subject of the given Fellowship. Most Rising Experts possess a graduate degree and/or strong experience in their field.

The Rising Expert Program application opens in Mid-January each year and stays open for two to three weeks. The selection process running through March taking place through multiple rounds. Rising Expert positions are highly competitive.

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