Applications are now open for the 2024/25 Funded Young Professionals in Foreign Policy Fellowship!

Young Professionals in Foreign Policy (YPFP) is an independent international organization that engages, builds, and amplifies an international community of young, dynamic, diverse leaders from all sectors of international affairs, to accelerate their impact on critical global challenges.

With its launch Globally, YPFP has opened an exciting new chapter in its leadership model – a structured fellowship that gives members a unique and hands-on opportunity to run and operate the organization. As the community continues to grow and evolve, YPFP is building a team of Young Professionals in Foreign Policy Fellows to oversee the core mission of Young Professionals in Foreign Policy Fellowship .

The Young Professionals in Foreign Policy Fellowship Program will run for 18 months.

Six Young Professionals in Foreign Policy Fellowship Fellows will have a unique opportunity to develop, construct, and implement a strategy and execution for an organization that has significant impact for thousands of young professionals around the world.

The six fellows will serve as Young Professionals in Foreign Policy Fellowship ’s Senior Leadership Team and provide leadership and direction to YPFP’s volunteer staff. Fellows will receive a stipend for their leadership in the management of Young Professionals in Foreign Policy Fellowship .

Fellowship Roles

Each Fellow will be aligned to a specific operational component of YPFP, including:

  • President: The President of YPFP serves as the leader of their Fellowship cohort, as well as the primary point of contact between the Fellows and Globally staff. Their primary responsibility is the execution and coordination of projects proposed to the Globally Board of Directors, steering the organization’s strategic vision and plan, and recruitment of the next group of YPFP fellows.
  • Communications Fellow: Responsible for oversight of all YPFP Communications volunteer staff, communications products, and global communications strategy.
  • Events and programming Fellow: Responsible for oversight of all YPFP Programs volunteer staff including Discussion Group and Event staff, structuring new programs for the YPFP community, and supporting global event coordination.
  • Membership and Operations Fellow: The Membership and Operations Fellow is responsible for organizational governance, including policy authorship and compliance, as well as member experience, recruitment, and retention.
  • Global Coordination Fellow: Responsible for oversight of global branch management and establishing and executing global strategy by working with YPFP branch managing directors around the world and supporting all coordination of global activities.
  • Publications Fellow: Responsible for oversight and strategy of YPFP publications and “amplification” programs for the YPFP community, including the YPFP Publishing Fellowship and Charged Affairs journal.

Candidate Eligibility

Young Professionals in Foreign Policy Fellowship seeks to engage rising leaders in the fields of foreign policy, international affairs, national security, and/or and nonprofit management. To qualify, candidates must:

  • Demonstrate exceptional professional, communication, and organizational skills
  • Demonstrate proven leadership abilities and a strong desire to leave a lasting impact on YPFP
  • Be committed to actively participating in and contributing to the YPFP community for the full duration of the Fellowship (18 months)
  • Model and uphold YPFP’s commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion
  • Possess a passion for public service and social change
  • Have 3-5 years of experience and the ability to commit 10 hours each week to the YPFP Fellowship. 
  • Be located in one of YPFP branch cities.   
  • Be between the ages of 22-32

Young Professionals in Foreign Policy Fellowship Experience

YPFP’s lasts for a duration of eighteen months, serving around 10 hours per week. Fellows can expect to take part in personal leadership development opportunities, to include:

  • Routine weekly/quarterly meetings
  • Monthly leadership coaching
  • Workshops on managing teams and strategic planning
  • Community-building Events



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