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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
  • Technology & International Affairs
  • Middle East Program
  • South Asia Program
  • China Studies (Asia Program)
  • Japan Studies (Asia Program)
  • Economics (Asia Program)
  • Russian/Eurasian Program
  • Africa Program

University nomination is required. See below for more information.

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

Carnegie publishes the list of the requirements for each available fellow assignment in October, based on the research agendas of that year’s senior fellows. If you believe you are a strong candidate for one of this year’s positions, review our Fellowships Resource Site to learn more about the Gaither Junior Fellows Program.

Have questions? Request an appointment with a fellowships advisor.

Alum? You may not be able to access the resource site without an active Drexel log-in. Email for alternative access to these resources.

Step 2. Apply for Campus Nomination 

Deadline to apply for nomination: November 29
You MUST submit an application to be considered for campus nomination. Students will apply for the campus nomination by submitting a draft of their application essay, a resume/CV, a signed fellowships waiver and responses to a brief internal nomination form. Specific deadlines and more information is available through the Fellowships Resource Site. Please note that we will not give draft feedback before selecting nominees.

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

Alum? You may not be able to access the resource site or application form without an active Drexel log-in. Email for alternatives.

Step 3. National Deadlines

Institutional Submission Deadline: Mid-January

Nominees must submit their completed applications, including their letters of recommendation, to their fellowships advisor at least two days before Carnegie's published national deadline.

Undergraduate Research and Enrichment Programs 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 offered 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 October 2021

Fields of Study:

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


  • Washington, DC

Program Type:

  • Professional Opportunity
  • Research


  • US Citizen
  • US National or Permanent Resident

Program Length:

  • One year


  • Nomination: November 

    campus deadline
    Contact DFO for more information

Special Considerations:

  • Underrepresented racial or ethnic group

Degree Level:

  • Undergrad
  • Post UG


  • Full salary and benefits package