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


Applicants must be graduating seniors or students who have graduated during the last academic year and have not begun graduate study. No one who has started graduate studies is eligible for consideration. The Carnegie Endowment accepts applications only through participating colleges and universities via designated nominating officials.


  • December 1, 2017 by 5:00 p.m.: Submit drafted application materials to (please indicate "Carnegie" in the subject line).
  • December 8, 2017: Finalist(s) notified by the Office of Student Fellowships. Suggestions for revision to the application materials will be provided.
  • January 8, 2018 by 5:00 p.m.:  Submit revised application materials to Following any additional changes, final versions of the application materials will be submitted to Carnegie by the Office of Student Fellowships.


The Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, one of the world's leading think tanks specializing in international affairs, conducts programs of research, discussion, publication, and education in international relations and U.S. foreign policy. The James C. Gaither Junior Fellows Program is designed to provide a substantive work experience for students who have a serious career interest in the area of international affairs. Each year, Carnegie holds a rigorous national competition to select approximately 8-10 graduating seniors to serve as research assistants. 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 books, participate in meetings with high-level officials, contribute to congressional testimony and organize briefings attended by scholars, activists, journalists and government officials.


The James C. Gaither Junior Fellow Assignments/Positions

Junior Fellows spend one year (beginning August 1st) at the Carnegie Endowment in Washington, DC. Positions are full-time and include a salary and benefits package, as outlined in the bulletin linked above. Junior Fellows are responsible for their own housing arrangements.

Application Process

Application Components:

  • Application form, including an essay (one page or less double-spaced) on why you would like to become a James C. Gaither Junior Fellow.
  • A Resume (1 to 2 pages) which must include telephone number, address, e-mail address, extra-curricular activities and work experience.
  • Two letters of reference, one of which should be from a professor in your major department of study. (For the December 1 submission date, you need only provide the names and email addresses of your potential recommenders.)
  • Transcript (the transcript may be unofficial)
  • An essay of no more than three (3) double-spaced pages on one of the topics provided by Carnegie to Marynel Ryan Van Zee. These topics are intended to test skills in analysis, logic, and written expression. The essays should be thought pieces, not research papers. Students should submit an essay related to their primary research program interests, although the Carnegie Endowment may ultimately select an applicant for a program outside of his/her designated primary interest or make an assignment to more than one program. (Please be sure your name appears on each page of the essay).

Applicants must respond to the question pertaining to the program to which they are applying.

Nominating Official

Marynel Ryan Van Zee, Director of Student Fellowships, Laird 131, x4300/mryanvanzee.

For more information, check frequently asked questions or contact Marynel. Please note that students are not allowed to apply directly to Carnegie.

Official Website

James C. Gaither Junior Fellows Program

Past Recipients

2013 Recipient: Danielle Smogard '13