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Gaither (James C.) Junior Fellows Program

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. They are selected from a pool of nominees from close to 400 participating colleges. Fellows work as research assistants to Carnegie's senior scholars. Those who have begun graduate studies are not eligible for consideration. Fellows receive a salary and full-benefits for these one-year full-time positions in Washington, D.C.

Office Application Deadline: November 22, 2019


  • Senior or alum that has graduated in the past academic year
  • Have not started graduate studies unless it is a joint bachelor's/master's degree program
  • U.S. citizen or F1 visa-holder
  • Pursuing any field that includes foreign policy research

Application Process:  The university is allowed to nominate up to two applicants, so there is an internal selection process. Applications are submitted directly to our office by the date above. Applicants will be notified by mid-January if they've been nominated or not. Nominees will have a chance to revise their materials, if necessary, prior to final submission. To be considered for nomination applicants must submit directly to our office via email or hardcopy ( or 321 Boucke Bldg.) the following materials:

  • Application form (available below)
  • Essay on why you would like to become a junior fellow
  • Essay based on one of the prompts in the application file
  • Resume or academic CV
  • 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 forms are generally distributed to our office in mid-October and will be available via the link below once they are received. 

Current Status: 
Senior, Recent Alum
Duration of Award: 
Full Year or More
Non-U.S. Citizen, Research
Office Nomination
Fields of Study: 
International Relations and Public Policy, STEM
Semester of Application Deadline: 
Spring (January – April)
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Boucke Building
University Fellowships Office
321 Boucke Building
University Park, PA 16802