The FPI Fellowship

Applications for FPI’s sixth fellowship cycle are currently open. Deadline: September 30, 11:59 PM EST

Foreign Policy Interrupted’s Fellowship program is targeted to diversifying voices and opinions in the foreign policy space. The program has two core components:

– An educational module that includes media training, a guide to understanding the media, and brand building

– Editorial connections. Fellows will work with a given outlet and editor to better understand the inner workings of a news organization; and to develop the fellow’s portfolio and voice around her expertise

The educational module runs for six weeks online, for one-hour each week. These sessions will be held Wednesday mornings at 10:00AM EST.

At the conclusion of the module, fellows will be matched with an editor and/or producer with whom she’ll work to develop her expertise for print and/or on-camera appearances. Previous fellows have worked with editors at Foreign Policy, Foreign Affairs, Reuters, World Policy Journal, CNN, The Atlantic, and the Financial Times.

Qualifications

FPI’s Fellows Program is open to women 26 and older with a clear commitment and passion for foreign policy and international affairs.

This is not a program for those “breaking into” foreign policy. While we welcome early-career fellows, this program is best-suited to mid-career and late-career foreign policy experts. The program is open to academics, entrepreneurs, journalists, students, and business professionals. The program is not focused on gender issues.

The program is open to both US citizens and non-US citizens, fluent in English.

Upon the start of the fellowship the week of October 15, applicants must be available for six weeks, for an hour each week.

A commitment to foreign policy is not an interest or hobby, but demonstrated engagement in foreign policy matters and/or a foreign policy matter. Demonstrated engagement is work in the field.

Applicants for an FPI Fellowship ideally have at least three years of full-time professional experience. For interruptors on an academic track, applicants must have completed their master’s degree.

While we encourage applicants to have already authored pieces or appeared as commenters on radio or television, such experience is not required. Achievement and a demonstrated interest are, however.

Which all goes to say: Lean in. Show us what you got.

Application process

Applications for our sixth fellowship cycle will close on September 30. The fellowship will begin in mid-October. Application materials include:

– CV, citing presence on social media, if applicable (#2017)
– A video clip, no more than a minute, of you commenting on your expertise. This video should be recorded specifically for the application. Videos shot on mobile devices are fine.
– The core of FPI is getting you bylined. In no more than 500 words, pitch us an op-ed you’d like to pen for The New York Times
– There is an abundance of female foreign policy experts. In no more than 800 words, tell us what makes you stand out.
– Two published writing samples, if applicable
Send materials to fellowships@fpinterrupted.com in ONE document. Please try to include the video in your email, though if the file size is too large, please include a link to the file on Google Drive or Dropbox.

Questions? Hit us up at info@fpinterrupted.com.