Gaither/Carnegie Junior Fellowship


The James C. Gaither Junior Fellow Program is a program of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, a unique global network of policy research centers with the mission to advance the cause of peace through analysis and development of fresh policy ideas and direct engagement with decisionmakers in government, business, and civil society. It offers 11-13 one-year fellowships to graduating seniors and alumni within a year of graduation to work as research assistants to Carnegie’s senior scholars. Candidates apply to one of approximately twelve topic areas.


The semi-monthly salary is $1,666.67 (equivalent to $40,000 annually) subject to federal, state and local taxes. In addition fellows receive benefits, including medical, dental and life insurance as well as vacation leave. Gaither Junior Fellows are responsible for their own housing arrangements.


  • Must attend a participating U.S. university or college 
  • Must be eligible to work for 12 months in the United States 
  • Graduating seniors or students who graduated during the last academic year
  • All citizenships

Application Materials

  • Application form
  • An essay of one page or less, double-spaced, on why the student would like to become a junior fellow
  • Resume/C.V. (preferably 1-2 pages)  
  • Two letters of recommendations. These recommendations can come from anyone the student feels can best speak to their abilities as a potential Gaither Junior Fellow. 
  • Transcript of undergraduate records. The transcript may be unofficial.  
  • An essay of no more than three (3) typewritten, double-spaced pages on the question specific to the candidate's chosen topic area. This essay is intended to test skills in analysis, logic, and written expression and should be an analytical thought piece, not a research paper.

Selection Criteria

  • High academic achievement
  • Strong research background
  • Excellent writing skills
  • A significant amount of course work related to the applicant's chosen topic area
  • Some topic areas may have additional requirements, e.g. language proficiency and other skills