Call for Applications for 2011-12 Future Leaders Program Class

The Foreign Policy Initiative (FPI) is pleased to announce that it is accepting applications for its 2011-2012 Future Leaders Program. The purpose of the Future Leaders Program is to cultivate the next generation of foreign policy leaders in Washington, DC. The program will identify young professionals who share FPI’s commitment to international engagement, support for America’s allies, expanding political and economic freedom, and a strong military. The program will connect them with foreign policy experts and former senior government officials, among other guests.

Program Description

FPI Future Leaders will participate in monthly dinner discussions with influential foreign policy experts, authors, and practitioners between September 2011 and June 2012. All events will take place in Washington, DC. Additionally, participants will be invited to a variety of other events hosted by FPI. To view the previous class of Future Leaders and read their comments on the program, click here.

Requirements & Expectations

FPI is seeking the best and brightest young professionals between the ages of 25 and 35 working in government, the military, media, and the private and non-profit sectors. Applicants should have a bachelor’s degree and at least 3 years of professional experience or relevant graduate work. Applicants who are selected to participate will be expected to attend all program events, which will be scheduled in the evenings to accommodate work schedules. Before applying, please consider if your professional and personal obligations will allow you to fully participate.

Application Process

Young professionals interested in applying for the FPI Future Leaders Program are asked to fill out the application form at the bottom of this page, which includes submitting the following materials:

  • Current resume
  • Letter of interest describing how the applicant will contribute to and benefit from the program
  • Letter of reference from a current or former employer or professor addressing the applicant’s intellectual and analytical abilities, foreign policy experience, and leadership qualities
  • The name, title, and organization of the person who will write the applicant's letter of reference

All application materials must be submitted in full by 5:00 PM on Friday, August 19, 2011. Applicants will be notified of their selection in early September, and the program will begin later that month. Any questions should be directed to FPI External Affairs Associate Rachael Johnson at

2011-2012 Future Leaders Program Application Form

Contact Information
The Foreign Policy Initiative
c/o Rachael Johnson, FPI External Affairs Associate
11 Dupont Circle NW, Suite 325
Washington, DC 20036

Office: (202)-296-3322
Fax: (202)-296-1999

Mission Statement

The Foreign Policy Initiative seeks to promote an active U.S. foreign policy committed to robust support for democratic allies, human rights, a strong American military equipped to meet the challenges of the 21st century, and strengthening America’s global economic competitiveness.
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