Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, Gaither Junior Fellows Program 

The Carnegie Endowment for International Peace is a private, nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing cooperation between nations and promoting active international engagement by the United States. Each year, Carnegie holds a rigorous national competition to select approximately 14 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. Junior fellows spend 10-12 months (beginning September 1) at the Carnegie Endowment in Washington, D.C. Positions are full-time and include a salary and benefits package.


Internal: Third Wednesday in November
External: Mid-January
View this year's specific deadline dates.


  • Applicants must be nominated by an official of their university;
  • Applications are accepted only from graduating college seniors or individuals who have graduated within the past academic year;
  • Applicants should have completed a significant amount of course work in international affairs, political science, economics, history, Russian, Chinese, or Middle East studies or communications;
  • Qualifications for Gaither Junior Fellows may vary by program. Please review their bulletin for program requirements and more information on what each program is looking for;
  • The selection process for the Junior Fellows Program is very competitive. Accordingly, applicants should be of high academic quality.


  • Application form;
  • 1-2 page resume;
  • Two letters of recommendation;
  • Transcript (unofficial) of undergraduate records;
  • Essay of one page or less, on why the student would like to become a junior fellow;
  • An essay of no more than three typewritten, double-spaced pages responding to the question pertaining to the program to which the applicant is applying (e.g. Technology and International Affairs Program: What technology issue will have the greatest impact on international stability in the coming decade, and why?).

Learn more at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, Junior Fellows Program, visit the Office of National Fellowships & Scholarships or contact the campus liaison.