Foreign Policy Interrupted’s Fellowship Program

Deadline: 21  December 2016
Open to: academics, entrepreneurs, journalists, students, and business professionals
Fellowship: fellows will be matched with an editor or producer with whom they will work to develop expertise for print or on-camera appearances


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

  1. An educational module that includes media training, a guide to understanding the media, and brand building;
  2. A non-resident “externship” with a major media outlet.

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


  • 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 open to both US citizens and non-US citizens, fluent in English.
  • A commitment to foreign policy is not an interest or hobby, but demonstrated engagement in foreign policy matters and/or a foreign policy matter.
  • 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.


  • 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;
  • This “externship” will run at minimum for one month up to three months;
  • Previous fellows have been matched with editors at Foreign Policy, Foreign Affairs, Reuters, World Policy Journal, CNN, The Atlantic, and the Financial Times.

How to Apply?

The application includes following materials:

  • CV, citing presence on social media, if applicable (#2016);
  • A video clip, no more than a minute, of you commenting on your expertise;
  • In no more than 1000 words, tell us how an FPI fellowship fits into your career path;
  • Two published writing samples;
  • List two people who can speak about your qualifications and provide their contact information.

All required materials should be sent to

More information on the official website.

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