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Gaither Junior Fellows

The James C. Gaither Junior Fellows Program (formerly "Carnegie Junior Fellows") is a highly-competitive award that enables recent graduates to work for a year with a senior fellow in one of the program areas of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.

Each year the Endowment selects 12-14 uniquely qualified graduating seniors and recent graduates from a pool of candidates nominated from close to 400 participating colleges. Fellows serve as research assistants for Senior Carnegie Associates (academics, former government officials, lawyers, and journalists) from around the world on a range 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 on international policy. Fellows receive an annual salary and a benefits package (medical, dental, vacation).

Project areas reflect current programs and priorities of Carnegie researchers and may thus vary by year. Recent program areas include:

  • Democracy and Rule of Law
  • U.S. Foreign Policy and Diplomacy
  • Nuclear Policy
  • Cyber Policy
  • Energy and Climate
  • Middle East Program
  • South Asia Program
  • China Studies (Asia Program)
  • Japan Studies (Asia Program)
  • Economics (Asia Program)
  • Russian/Eurasian Program
  • Geoeconomics and Strategy

Who Should Apply?

To be eligible, you must:

  • be a graduating senior or have graduated within the last academic year

  • Have 3.7 GPA or higher

  • Have a strong interest in international affairs

  • Be authorized to work in the U.S. for the duration of the fellowship year

Additional subject area and language requirements vary by program area. In general, strong candidates have strong writing skills, research experience, and are comfortable engaging in high-level academic discussion.

How to Apply

This program requires an institutional nomination. Drexel can nominate up to two students each year. We hold an open campus competition for nomination beginning in November.

Applying for nomination involves a few steps:

Step 1. Get ready

Attend an info session and/or sign up for the Fellowships Blackboard Site to learn more about the Gaither Junior Fellows Program.

Can't make it to an info session? Come to our Drop-in Advising Hours or request an appointment with a fellowships advisor.

Step 2. Apply for Campus Nomination 

Deadline to apply for nomination: December 8, 2017 by 12pm (noon)
You MUST submit an application to be considered for campus nomination. Complete Step 1 to receive an application. Students are encouraged to contact us in advance of the deadline to discuss the program and receive feedback.

Carnegie Nominees will be announced shortly thereafter and provided with feedback for revising and preparing the final application. Sample application materials are available on the Fellowships Blackboard Site.

Step 3. Nominee Campus Review 

Students selected for nomination will meet with the nominating committee in mid-December and early January to discuss their applications and receive feedback.

Step 4. National Deadlines

Final Application Deadline: January 12
Institutional Submission Deadline: January 15

The Fellowships Office will submit complete nomination packages in mid-January. Finalists will be invited to conduct an interview (in-person or via Skype) shortly thereafter. We will coordinate mock interviews for those students called to an interview. Final selection is announced in the spring.

Additional Information

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Related Awards:
Payne International Development Graduate Fellowship Program; Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowship ProgramsRangel International Affairs Program

Last updated November 2017

Fields of Study:

  • Business and Law
  • Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics
  • Social Sciences and Humanities


  • Washington, DC

Program Type:

  • Professional Opportunity
  • Research


  • US Citizen

Program Length:

  • One year


  • December 

    campus deadline
    Contact DFO for more information

Degree Level:

  • Undergrad
  • Post UG


  • Full salary and benefits package