Rising Experts Program Application

Rising Experts Program Description:

The Rising Experts Program at YPFP is designed to give young writers and foreign policy professionals a platform to develop their skills and present their ideas to a diverse global audience. Over a nearly year-long program, Rising Experts publish monthly op-eds, book reviews, or interviews with help and guidance from a dedicated editorial team. Outlets that have featured the program's work include The Hill, The National Interest, The Huffington Post, The Diplomatic Courier, The Diplomat, Fair Observer, and YPFP’s own blog, Charged Affairs.

For more details about the program, please visit the Rising Experts Program page or check out our FAQs.

To see our 2023 Rising Experts, please visit the Class of 2023 page.

Applications for the 2024 Rising Experts Program are closed. Applications for the next cycle will open in the fall.


Position Description:

As a YPFP Rising Expert, you would join an elite team of early career professionals, graduate researchers, and academics in an eight-month program focused on developing and honing your subject matter expertise to better share your insights with policy audiences. Rising Experts choose a regional or thematic topic and submit one article, interview, or book review each month for editing. After a rigorous and collaborative editing process, our editorial team will help you produce, pitch, and publish quality analysis with national and international outlets to build your voice and credibility in your field.

Between fifteen and twenty candidates will be selected as Rising Experts. Successful applicants will demonstrate their academic and professional interest in their subject matter area through their resumes, cover letters, and writing samples.

Regional experts should be well-versed in the internal politics, international relations, and key players and policies of their selected regions. Candidates with a track record of engaging with the region will stand out.  Regional focus areas include:

  • Africa
  • Asia-Pacific
  • Eastern Europe
  • Europe
  • Latin America
  • Middle East

Experts in thematic areas should be well-versed in the major issues, actors, and policies impacting their selected focus. They will 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. Potential thematic areas include:

  • Cyber
  • Defense
  • Economics
  • Energy
  • Global Health
  • Geostrategy
  • Human Rights
  • International Development
  • National Security

This position requires approximately 5 hours per week and successful candidates will complete the full term.

Roles and Responsibilities:

  • Publish at least one 600-1200-word article on a bi-monthly basis within the broader field of your specialization. Articles are analytical in nature and can include op-eds, book reviews, or interviews, among others.
  • Adhere to publishing deadlines, as well as prompt and professional communication with YPFP staff.
  • Work collaboratively with other Rising Experts, when applicable, by giving each other substantive feedback and occasionally covering the same topic from different angles or co-authoring.
  • *New requirement*: lead at least one YPFP Discussion Group meeting relevant to your area of expertise. You may present a recent publication or solicit feedback from the group on future article topics.

Desired Skills and Experience:

  • A strong background in international relations, international affairs, or foreign policy.
  • Demonstrated interest and experience in the subject matter of your chosen focus area.
  • Stellar writing skills and an interest in analyzing and commenting on developments and issues in your field. Flawless command of English is required. Knowledge of a language relevant to the region/theme you specialize in is an asset.
  • Ability to work independently and meet strict deadlines.
  • Motivation to build on experience gained in the program, both in terms of writing and professional networking.
  • Ability to think creatively about complex foreign policy ideas in order to generate interesting and unique article topics.

Eligibility and Selection:

  • Positions are open to early-career foreign policy professionals or current graduate students.
  • Positions are unpaid and part-time.
  • Candidates do not need to be a member of YPFP in order to apply, however, upon acceptance of an offer, candidates must become a dues-paying member.

Application Materials:

A cover letter, resume, and writing sample no longer than three pages in the applicant's selected focus area.

Please see our FAQ page for additional details.