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Gaither (James C.) Junior Fellows Program

Overview:

Each year, through the James C. Gaither Junior Fellows program, the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace offers 8-10 one-year fellowships to uniquely qualified graduating seniors and individuals who have graduated during the past academic year.  Applicants are judged on the quality of the written essay, related academic study and/or work experience, grades, recommendations, and personal interviews.  Fellows are selected from a pool of nominees from close to 400 participating colleges. They work as research assistants to Carnegie's senior scholars in Washington, D.C. and receive a salary and full-benefits. 

Eligibility:  

  • U.S. citizen or F1 visa-holder
  • Senior or recent alumnus/a who graduated in the past academic year
  • Must not be currently enrolled in a graduate program unless it is a joint bachelor's/master's degree program

Application Materials: 

  • A completed online application form (available below)
  • Two essays, one on why you would like to become a junior fellow (1-page) and the other based on one of the prompts in the application file (3-pages)
  • Curriculum vitae or resume (2-pages)
  • Unofficial transcript(s)
  • Two letters of recommendation
    • Can come from whoever can best speak to your abilities as a potential Junior Fellow
    • Letters should come directly from your references and can be emailed so long as they are on letterhead and have a signature

Application Procedure:

Office Application Deadline - November 22, 2019

Application forms are generally distributed to our office in mid-October and will be available via the link below once they are received. 

Given that the university is required to nominate its candidates, there is an office application deadline and evaluation process.  The university can nominate up to two applicants.

To be considered for University nomination, you must email the office (univfellowships@psu.edu) a complete application, including letters of recommendation. Afterward, you will be notified if you’ve been nominated or not. Nominees will work with the office to revise their materials, if necessary, prior to final submission.

National Application Deadline –  January 14, 2020

Applications must be submitted online by the University Fellowships Office.

Information
Current Status: 
Senior, Recent Alum
Duration of Award: 
Full Year or More
Other: 
Non-U.S. Citizen, Research
Procedure: 
Office Nomination
Fields of Study: 
International Relations and Public Policy, STEM
Semester of Application Deadline: 
Spring (January – April)

Boucke Building
University Fellowships Office
321 Boucke Building
University Park, PA 16802
814-863-8199
univfellowships@psu.edu