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Apply For USA Fellowship Program For Kenyan Women

November 8 was a punch in our guts. For three years, FPI had been pushing to enrich the foreign policy discussion with more diverse voices. We created FPI in response to the multitude of challenges facing us – climate change, extremism, authoritarianism, poverty, pandemics. We need all hands on deck. Quite simply, panels and op-ed pages full of white men aren’t going to cut it any more. In fact, they never have.
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The need for all hands on deck and for more voices on the mic has never been more true today.

As we move into our fifth fellowship cycle, we are more excited than ever to interrupt the dude fest.

Apply to join the resistance.

The FPI Fellowship

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

– 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

The educational module runs for six weeks online, for one-hour each week. Our fifth fellowship cycle will start at the beginning of June 2017.

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 PolicyForeign AffairsReuters, World Policy Journal, CNN, The Atlantic, and the Financial Times.

Qualifications

FPI’s Fellows Program is open to women 25 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.

Upon the start of the fellowship in June 2017, 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 fifth fellowship cycle close May 15, 2017. 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.
– In no more than 1000 words, tell us how an FPI fellowship fits into your career path
– Two published writing samples, if applicable
– List two people who can speak about your qualifications and provide their contact information
– 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 upload to our Google Drive folder.

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