Employment Opportunities

Employment Opportunities

Thank you for your interest in employment at the Foreign Policy Research Institute.  See below for all open positions within the organization. If you would like to be considered for any future openings, we encourage you to submit a resume and cover letter for future consideration.  All resumes will be kept on file and reviewed as openings arise.  The Foreign Policy Research Institute is an equal opportunity employer.

Please email all submissions to [email protected].


The Lt. Gen. Bernard E. Trainor USMC Veterans Fellowship

Term of Fellowship: 15 June 2017-15 June 2018 (start/end date adjustable)
Salary: $35,000 plus health care benefits
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Application Deadline: 17 April 2017
Selection Decision: NLT 15 May 2017


The Foreign Policy Research Institute is delighted to announce the launch of an inaugural visiting Lt. Gen. Bernard E. Trainor USMC Veterans Fellowship. This fellowship will be awarded to a deserving veteran with a passionate desire to work in journalism or in long-form (non-fiction) writing. Ideally this individual would be a recent college graduate or someone that recently separated from the military, but that is not a fixed requirement.


The Trainor Fellow will work out of FPRI’s offices and be fully integrated into our programming and scholarly communities. This individual would gain skills and experience through writing for Geopoliticus: The FPRI Blog and other in-house and external publications, through interaction with the staff, and through a program of mentoring where the individual will receive some one-on-one attention from defense and foreign affairs beat writers, investigative reporters, columnists, and authors. The fellow will also receive a $5,000 research/travel fund to support their writing.


The application deadline is 17 April 2017. Applicants should submit a cover letter outlining their areas of interest and what they hope to get out of the fellowship, a resume, two letters of recommendation, and a writing sample to [email protected] Finalists will be notified by 1 May and be required to submit a SSN redacted DD 214/215 and be interviewed via Skype. The selectee will be notified of their fellowship by NLT 15 May 2017.


The Foreign Policy Research Institute is a non-profit, non-partisan think tank located in Center City Philadelphia. Founded in 1955, FPRI promotes the analysis and understanding of international affairs through a focus on research, publication, and education. Philadelphia is a vibrant metropolitan area located close to Washington, DC (two hours by train) and New York (90 minutes by train). Philadelphia International Airport offers flights to most domestic and many foreign destinations. FPRI is an equal opportunity employer.


The fellowship is named for Lt. Gen. Bernard E. Trainor, USMC (ret.). Lt. Gen. Trainor enlisted in the Marine Corps in 1946 and went on to serve in uniform for 39 years in various command and staff assignments to include combat service in both the Korean and Vietnam Wars. His last assignment before retirement was as Deputy Chief of Staff for Plans, Policies and Operations, Headquarters Marine Corps. Following his service in uniform he started a second career as a journalist and analyst of military affairs. From 1986 to 1990 he served as the chief military correspondent of the New York Times. After that he directed the National Security Program at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government (1990-1996) and later served as Senior Fellow for National Security at the Council on Foreign Relations. A frequent media commentator he is, with Michael R. Gordon, the author of a trilogy of books about the United States’ wars in Iraq: The Generals War, Cobra II, and The Endgame: The Inside Story of the Struggle for Iraq, from George W. Bush to Barack Obama. Lt. Gen. Trainor is a graduate of the College of the Holy Cross (BA History), the University of Colorado (MA History), and various military schools to include the Marine Corps Command and Staff College and the Air War College.


This fellowship is made possible by the generous support of Jim Petrucci and Greg Rogerson of J.G. Petrucci Co., Inc.