Foreign Policy Interrupted’s Fellowship Program 2017, USA

Publish Date: Dec 09, 2016

Deadline: Dec 21, 2016


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 fourth fellowship cycle will begin in early 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 Policy, Foreign Affairs, Reuters, World Policy Journal, CNN, The Atlantic, and the Financial Times.


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

Upon the start of the fellowship in early 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 fourth fellowship program close December 21, 2016. Application materials include:

  • CV, citing presence on social media, if applicable (#2016)
  • 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
  • List two people who can speak about your qualifications and provide their contact information
  • Send materials to

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Some of our third class of interruptors

Severine Autesserre is an Associate Professor of Political Science, specializing in international relations and African studies, at Barnard College, Columbia University. She works on civil wars, peacebuilding, peacekeeping, humanitarian aid, and African politics.

Severine has written two award-winning books and a series of articles. Her latest book, Peaceland: Conflict Resolution and the Everyday Politics of International Intervention (Cambridge University Press, 2014), examines how everyday practices, habits, and narratives influence the effectiveness of peacebuilding interventions on the ground. Her previous book, The Trouble with the Congo: Local Violence and the Failure of International Peacebuilding (Cambridge University Press, 2010), focuses on local violence and international intervention in the eastern part of the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Before becoming an academic,Severine worked for humanitarian and development agencies in Afghanistan, Kosovo, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Nicaragua and India. She holds a post-doctorate from Yale University, a Ph.D. in political science from New York University, and master’s degrees in international relations and political science from Columbia University and Science-Po.

Fun-fact: Severine has been a vegetarian for 17 years, and she often has trouble getting enough proteins when conducting fieldwork. So once, when she was spending a year in Congo, she travelled back from Europe with a suitcase full of Tofu.

Kamunnamedissa Camara is a Senior Program Officer for West and Central Africa at the National Endowment for Democracy. She is also a West Africa instructor at the Foreign Service Institute where she trains U.S. diplomats before their deployment to West Africa.

Her expertise includes democracy promotion, civil-military dialogue, rebel military integration, and electoral management in francophone sub-Saharan Africa.

Kamissa’s articles and opinion pieces have appeared in the Washington Post, Aljazeera America, Good Governance Africa, World Politics Review, African Arguments and The Broker Online among others. She is a regular guest on France24 and Voice of America French and English TV and radio programs.

She holds an M.A. in International Development and a B.A. in International Relations from France. She is currently pursuing an M.A in Political Management at George Washington University. Finally, Kamissa is a native French and English speaker and sometimes forgets she also speaks German.

Fun-fact: Kamissa is probably the biggest admirer of the Queen of Sheba and in her spare time, reads all books on and about her. “The Queen of Sheba was beautiful and fierce,” she says. “She is the Queen of Interruptors.”

Kate Himes is a muddy boots science diplomat. Her expertise includes Central and South-Central Asia, international development, and science policy. More specifically, she has helped countries utilize science and technology (S&T) to address myriad development challenges, including water, climate change, conservation, and science capacity.

As an American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Fellow, Kate served as Regional Science Advisor at the U.S. Agency for International Development Mission to Central Asia, where she supported S&T in five countries of the former Soviet Union: Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan, and USAID Afghanistan specifically on water. While a AAAS Fellow based at USAID Washington, she led scientific and engineering partnerships between the U.S. and Pakistan; built entrepreneurship programs for researchers in Morocco, Pakistan, and Southern African countries; and supported USAID missions through the use of S&T. Kate worked across USAID and the U.S. Department of State to integrate S&T approaches into development and diplomacy, both bilaterally and multilaterally. Prior to her time in Washington, Kate served as Special Assistant to the Provost at the University of Minnesota.

Currently, Kate is an Adjunct Professor in the Master of Public Administration Program at The Evergreen State College and an independent consultant. She received her Ph.D. in Neuroscience from the University of Minnesota, MBA in Entrepreneurship from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and B.S. in Neuroscience from the University of Minnesota. Her dissertation focused on development in several invertebrate species, including the honeybee.

Fun-fact: Kate has run across the Grand Canyon and back in a single day. She also holds a Ph.D. Minor in Women’s Studies, with emphasis on the Feminist Philosophy of Science.

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