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.

For all positions, please submit a resume and cover letter to fprijobs@fpri.org. A relevant writing sample is preferred, but not required.



Term of Fellowship: 15 April-31 December 2020 (end date adjustable)

Fellowship amounts: $3,000-10,000

Application Deadline: 1 April 2020

Selection Decision: NLT 15 April 2020

The Foreign Policy Research Institute is delighted to announce the availability of Lt. Gen. Bernard E. Trainor USMC Veterans Fellowships for 2020. These limited number of fellowships will be competitively awarded to deserving veterans of the armed forces who hold a passionate desire to work in journalism or in long-form, non-fiction writing. Post-9/11 veterans in college or graduate school, recent graduates, or individuals who have recently separated from the military are encouraged to apply. These fellowships will provide between $3,000 and $10,000 to help make travel or other writing support possible.

These individuals will gain skills and experience through writing for Geopoliticus: The FPRI Blog and other in-house and external publications and through interaction with the other fellows and FPRI staff.

The application deadline is 1 April 2020. Applicants should submit a cover letter outlining their areas of interest and what they hope to accomplish with the fellowship funding, a resume, at least two references with contact details, and a writing sample to fprijobs@fpri.org. Finalists will be notified by 1 April and be required to submit an SSN redacted DD 214/215 upon request and be interviewed via Skype or Hangouts. The selectee will be notified of their fellowship by NLT 15 April 2020.

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. FPRI is an equal opportunity employer.

The late Lt. Gen. Bernard E. Trainor, USMC (1928-2018) 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. With Michael R. Gordon he was 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 was 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.

These fellowships are made possible by the generous support of the 16th Annual Iron Hill Charity Golf Tournament, an event hosted by J.G. Petrucci Co., Inc. and Iron Hill Construction Management.


For all other potential opportunities, you can submit a resume for future consideration to fprijobs@fpri.org.