Young Professionals in Foreign Policy (YPFP) - 2022 Research fellows program

February 10, 2022

Opportunity begins:

Apr 01, 2021

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Location (s):

  • Online
  • United States of America


The Fellowship 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 an eight-month period from April to December, Fellows publish monthly op-eds, book reviews, or interviews with help and guidance from a dedicated editorial team. Fellows have recently been featured in Business Insider, The Hill, The National Interest, The Huffington Post, The Diplomatic Courier, Fair Observer, and YPFP’s own Charged Affairs.


It can be difficult for young professionals to demonstrate their expertise in foreign policy. The Fellowship Project 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 Fellows the editorial support needed to craft compelling articles and then helps Fellows get published using YPFP’s relationships with various outlets.

Applications for the 2022 fellowship are expected to open in Mid-January of 2022.

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 based on a regional or thematic topic. Each Fellow will submit one article, interview, or book review each month, after which it will go through a rigorous editing process by our elite editorial team that will help you produce top quality articles and then have it placed in national and international media outlets to build your voice and credibility in your field.

Up to eighteen candidates will be selected for fellowships. As of 2019, there is no longer a residency requirement for any fellowships. Successful applicants will have a demonstrated background in international affairs and a record of interest in the selected region.

Regional Fellows will need to have expertise in the internal politics, international relations, and key players and policies of the selected region. Candidates with a track record of engaging with the region will stand out. Available Regional Fellowships are listed below:

  • Africa
  • Asia-Pacific
  • Eurasia & Eastern Europe
  • Europe
  • Latin America
  • Middle East
  • South Asia

Thematic Fellows will be expected to understand the major issues, actors, and policies impacting their selected theme. 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-based fellowships are listed below, although candidates can apply for a topic that is not listed here:

  • Counter-Terrorism
  • Cybersecurity and Technology Fellow
  • 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 complete the full 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 or interviews.
  • Adherence to publishing deadlines, as well as prompt and professional communication with YPFP staff.
  • 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.

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Description of Ideal Candidate:

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. 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.
  • Motivated to seize the opportunities of this fellowship, become an active member of the fellowship community.
  • Ability to think creatively about complex foreign policy ideas to come up with interesting and unique article topics

Eligibility and Selection:

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


Deadline: February 10, 2022

Program Starts: April 01, 2021

Cost/funding for participants:

Fellowships are unpaid and part-time.

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