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Carnegie Gaither Junior Fellows Program

Internal Application Deadline: 4:00 PM (ET), November 29, 2024

Open to: Seniors and class of 2024 graduates who have not yet started a grad program
Award Type:
 Professional; Research
Area(s) of study: Any majors with interest in international affairs
Award criteria: academic achievement; research
Award provides: A one-year substantive work experience as a researcher at the Carnegie Endowment in Washington, DC with a monthly salary and benefits package.
Open to international students: Yes (U.S. citizenship is not required, but applicants must be eligible to work in the U.S.)
Institutional Support or Endorsement Required: Yes. Applicants must apply through the National Scholarships and Fellowships Office.

  • Be committed to a career in international affairs
  • Have demonstrated superior standards of intellectual ability and academic performance (While the Carnegie Junior Fellows Program states no minimum GPA threshold, recipients have an average GPA of 3.6-3.8)

The James C. Gaither Junior Fellows program provides substantive work experience at the Carnegie Endowment in Washington, DC, for students with a serious career interest in international affairs. Junior Fellows provide research assistance to scholars working on the Carnegie Endowment programs and have the opportunity to conduct research for books, co-author journal articles and policy papers, participate in meetings with high-level officials, contribute to congressional testimony, and organize briefings attended by scholars, journalists, and government officials. Successful applicants must have an outstanding academic record, demonstrated excellence in research, analysis, and communication. Applicants must also have a clearly defined career path in international affairs with relevant previous experience, coursework, and/or activities and deep and substantive experience with the Carnegie program area of interest. In some programs, related language fluency is required.

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  • Application form
  • Personal statement
  • Essay on Carnegie Program prompt
  • 2 letters of recommendation
  • Transcripts
  • Resume



Kathryn Taylor (‘17C), International Studies; Computer Science


Jessica Margolis (‘16C), International Studies

If you are interested in learning more about the application process and recommended timeline, visit our main Canvas course.

If you are not currently enrolled in our Canvas course, you may self enroll.
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