Gaither Junior Fellows Program


Each year, through the James C. Gaither Junior Fellows program, the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace offers approximately 12-14 one-year fellowships to uniquely qualified graduating seniors and individuals who have graduated during the past academic year. They are selected from a pool of nominees nominated by several hundred participating universities and colleges. James C. Gaither Junior Fellows work as research assistants to Carnegie’s senior scholars.  Positions are paid, full-time positions for one year. A full benefits package is also provided.

James C. Gaither Junior Fellows spend one year (beginning August 1st) at Carnegie in Washington, DC working with Carnegie’s senior scholars in the following fields:

  • Democracy, Conflict, and Governance
  • American Statecraft
  • Nuclear Policy
  • Technology and International Affairs – Strong writing skills and research skills are essential.
  • Middle East – Strong reading fluency and the ability to perform academic as well as on-line research in Arabic essential. Strong background in Middle East politics and/or history is a huge plus.
  • International Security and Political Economy [to work with the South Asia Program] – Quantitative data analysis and GIS skills are required. A strong mathematical background is a plus. An academic background in international relations theory or international political economy along with an interest in military issues is essential.
  • Asia Program  – Mandarin Chinese language skills are essential. Proficiency in another Asian language is a plus.
  • Russia and Eurasia – Excellent Russian and/or Ukranian reading skills required.
  • Africa Program
  • Global Order and Institutions
  • Sustainability, Climate and Geopolitics – Basic data skills (such as helping create graphs or tables for Carnegie publications) are a plus. Applicants should have completed coursework related to sustainability and climate issues.
  • Europe – Fluency and the ability to perform research in a European language other than English are a plus. Background knowledge on European politics is essential.


  • U.S. citizenship is not required for this program (but you must be eligible to work in the US for the duration of the fellowship)
  • Graduating seniors or recent alumni. Students who have already started a graduate program are not eligible to apply.
  • Strong academic credentials and co-curricular involvement  (independent research, research assistantships, student organizations, etc.)  in areas relevant to the chosen assignment field.
  • Foreign language competency or even fluency is required for some of the project areas (as noted above)


Applications are judged on the quality of the written essays, related academic study and, work experience, research experience, grades, strong letters of recommendation, and interviews (for national finalists).  The nomination committee will look for strong evidence of the applicant’s preparedness to conduct research in the proposed field.  Excellent writing skills are essential, along with the specific criteria listed in the various programs described above.


The Gaither Junior Fellows requires institutional nomination.  For consideration, please submit the following materials to by Friday, December 8th, 12 noon EST

Complete program details are available here, including the prompts for the statements collected below.

We will need the following by the deadline above:

  • Application form (save locally before entering your information).
  • 1-page personal statement (explaining why you desire to be a junior fellow at the Carnegie Endowment)
  • 3-page topical essay (prompts in the above linked doc). Will correspond to the primary area of interest in which you hope to work at the Carnegie Endowment. These essays should be thought pieces, not research papers.
  • Unofficial transcript
  • Resume
  • Two letters of recommendation. From faculty or academic research supervisors who know you, your writing ability, and your academic preparedness for the specific project/region/topic well, and who can speak with knowledge and enthusiasm about why this opportunity is an excellent fit for you.  Writers should email their signed letters on institutional letterhead directly to by the deadline above.