Apply for the James C. Gaither Junior Fellows Program 2018-2019 (Up to $3,000/month)

Apply for the James C. Gaither Junior Fellows Program 2018-2019 (Up to $3,000/month)

Deadline: January 15, 2018

Applications are open for the James C. Gaither Junior Fellows Program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. The program is designed to provide a substantive work experience for students who have a serious career interest in the area of international affairs. Approximately 12-14 students will be hired to work as employees at Carnegie in Washington, DC on a full-time basis for a period of one year.

They are matched with senior associates – academics, former government officials, lawyers and journalists from around the world – to work on a variety of international affairs issues. Junior Fellows have the opportunity to conduct research for Carnegie publications, participate in meetings with high-level officials, contribute to congressional testimony and organize briefings attended by scholars, journalists and government officials.

The Carnegie Endowment for International Peace is a unique global network of policy research centers in Russia, China, Europe, the Middle East, India, and the United States. Their mission, dating back more than a century, is to advance the cause of peace through analysis and development of fresh policy ideas and direct engagement and collaboration with decision-makers in government, business and civil society. Working together, their centers bring the inestimable benefit of multiple national viewpoints to bilateral, regional and global issues.


  • The monthly salary is $3,291.67 (equivalent to $39,500 annually) subject to federal, state and local taxes. A generous benefits package is provided, including medical, dental and life insurance as well as vacation leave. Gaither Junior Fellows are responsible for their own housing arrangements.


  • Applicants must be nominated by an official of their university or institution who has been designated for this purpose (usually the career placement officer, fellowship advisor or an academic department chairperson). A listing of participating institutions and nominating officials may be found here.
  • Applications are accepted only from graduating college seniors or individuals who have graduated within the past academic year. No one will be considered who has started graduate studies (except those who have recently completed a joint bachelor’s/master’s degree program);
  • Applicants should have completed a significant amount of course work related to their discipline of interest;
  • Language and other skills may also be required for certain assignments;
  • The selection process for the program is very competitive. Accordingly, applicants should be of high academic quality.


  • All of the following must be received via the designated nominating official:
    • Application form;
    • An essay of one page or less, double-spaced on why the student would like to become a junior fellow;
    • Resume/C.V. (preferably 1-2 pages);
    • Two letters of recommendations. These recommendations can come from anyone the student feels can best speak to their abilities as a potential Gaither Junior Fellow;
    • Transcript of undergraduate records. The transcript may be unofficial;
    • An essay of no more than three (3) typewritten, double-spaced pages on one of the following topics. These topics are intended to test skills in analysis, logic, and written expression. The essays should be analytical thought pieces, not research papers. Students should submit an essay related to their primary research program interests, although the James C. Gaither Junior Fellows Program may ultimately select an applicant for a program outside of his/her designated primary interest or make an assignment to more than one program.
  • All application materials must be received by the program on or before Monday, January 15. Colleges/universities generally set earlier deadlines internally. Applicants should consult their designated nominating official concerning nominations, since no university may nominate more than two students each year.;
  • Finalists in the selection process will be interviewed by video in the spring. Selection decisions are generally made in mid-March and no later than March 31.

For more information, visit James C. Gaither Junior Fellows Program.