Fellowship Program

The Fellowship Program at YPFP is an intensive eight-month fellowship designed to give future leaders in foreign policy the skills they will need to succeed throughout their careers. Fellows develop their expertise by writing regular articles for a variety of national and international media outlets, including The Hill, Diplomatic Courier, Real Clear Politics, and many more. Fellows specialize in a specific region (Regional Fellowships) or a specific issue area (Thematic Fellowships). Please direct any questions to fellowship@ypfp.org

Developing a Voice in Foreign Policy

A core component of the Fellowship is building a portfolio of published work, which takes the form of op-eds, interviews, and book reviews. Before publication, all articles undergo an extensive process of revisions that is designed to help the Fellows craft accessible, effective, and concise arguments. With the support of the Fellowship Editorial Team, Fellows develop an engaging voice and improve their analytic skills that will help them engage in foreign policy discussions over the course of their careers.

Learning to Apply Expertise

Fellows also have access to a variety of exclusive opportunities and programming designed specifically for their benefit. The Program brings in speakers, and provides professional development opportunities. Additionally, other groups within the broader YPFP community will turn to the Fellows for expertise and advice when designing relevant programming. Previous Fellows have moderated large events hosting accomplished foreign policy practitioners.

Meet The Fellowship Community

The Fellowship class is a community, and holds regular happy hours and other social events. Graduating Fellows join a growing alumni community and go on to leverage their portfolio of published work and Fellowship experiences in their careers.

Fellowship Staff
Fellows (Class of 2018) 
Previous Fellows


Fellowship Selection

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

Fellowship applications open in January and the selection process runs through March. Selected Fellows formally start on April 1st and their fellowship terms last through November. Be sure to check the Staff Openings page for new fellowship opportunities and application instructions.

Applications for 2018 Fellowships are officially closed. Stay tuned for information on 2019 Fellowships!

Fellowship Staff

The Fellowship Program is administered by a Leadership Council, alongside an elite Editorial Staff. Fellowship Editors work closely with Fellows to help refine and publish articles in major online media outlets. Editors also benefit from the Fellowship Program’s full range of enrichment and development opportunities!

The Editorial Staff accepts applications for Fellowship Editors on a rolling basis.

Check out recent Fellowship content: 

Charged Affairs


Fair Observer

Real Clear Defense

The Diplomat

The Hill

The Huffington Post

The National Interest