The Rising Experts Program

It can be difficult for young professionals to demonstrate their expertise in foreign policy. The Rising Experts Program at Young Professionals in Foreign Policy (YPFP) gives emerging and under-represented voices the opportunity to hone their writing and showcase their unique analysis at Charged Affairs and beyond.

Formerly known as the “Publishing Fellowship Program,” the Rising Experts Program is a roughly year-long writing initiative designed to help young professionals enhance their writing skills, publish articles, and build a portfolio of work.

By working collaboratively with a team of editors, this initiative provides young professionals with the editorial support needed to craft compelling analysis and op-ed writing. Through YPFP’s network, Rising Experts share their insights here at Charged Affairs, in addition to publishing with other media outlets.

Candidates to the Rising Experts Program undergo a rigorous application process including writing evaluations and interviews. Candidates are typically young professionals seeking the opportunity to sharpen their analytical writing and publish op-ed and analysis pieces under their own names. Experts come from a range of professional focus areas, backgrounds, and experiences, and work in a variety of sectors. Given the writing-intensive nature of the program, candidates must demonstrate strong technical and substantive writing ability in their particular area of expertise and be willing to receive feedback and work collaboratively with editors. Most candidates possess a degree in and/or strong experience in their professional field.

The Rising Expert Program opens for several weeks in the fall, and candidates are selected and begin writing early the following year. Rising Expert positions are highly competitive.

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Articles from the Rising Experts Program:

Time for the Weimar Triangle to Lead on European Security

By Noah DeMichele | YPFP Rising Expert for Europe | May 3, 2023 France, Germany, and Poland should coordinate to set the agenda on European security. Since the outbreak of Russia’s war in Ukraine, security has rightfully moved to the top of European policy considerations. Europe has mobilized to support Ukraine’s defense while many states…

YPFP Welcomes 2023 Cohort of its Rising Experts Program

April 2023 Young Professionals in Foreign Policy recently welcomed the newest cohort of its Rising Experts Program. These fifteen up-and-coming experts in their fields, who hail from several different countries and work on global issues and specialties ranging from national security to global health policy, will write an article per month in their area of…

Starting Your Search for a Foreign Policy Internship

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