Carnegie Endowment for Peace: James C. Gaither Junior Fellows Program

Graduating seniors or students who have not started graduate work; 3.7 average GPA, higher preferred; strong interest in international affairs.

Each year, the Carnegie Endowment for Peace: James C. Gaither Junior Fellows program holds a rigorous national competition to select 8-12 college graduates to:

  • Serve as research assistants for Senior Carnegie Associates (academics, former government officials, lawyers, and journalists) from around the world in a prestigious think tank.
  • Work on a variety of international affairs issues.  Junior Fellows have the opportunity to conduct research for books, participate in meetings with high-level officials, contribute to congressional testimony, and organize briefings on international policy. 
  • Serve in a one-year position following graduation at the Carnegie Endowment in Washington, D.C.
  • Receive an annual salary and a benefits package (medical, dental, vacation). No housing provided.

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Application Process: 

The application process typically begins in early October when nominating officials at participating universities receive the application materials. Then, over the next few months, participating colleges and universities undergo their own internal nomination process. Nominations are due to the James C. Gaither Junior Fellows Program by January 15th, and acceptance announcements are typically made by the end of March. This timeline is meant to be a general outline. More precise dates are outlined to nominating officials for each individual application cycle.