James C. Gaither Junior Fellows Program




The James C. Gaither Junior Fellows Program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace holds a rigorous national competition to select 10-12 individuals to serve as research fellows at the Carnegie offices in Washington DC. Fellows 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. Projects areas include Democracy, Nuclear Policy, Energy and Climate, Middle East Studies, South Asian Studies, China Studies, Japan Studies, Southeast Asian Studies, Economics and Russian/Eurasian Studies.


Positions are paid, full-time positions for one year. Junior fellows are currently paid a gross salary of $3,166.66 per month ($38,000 per year). A full benefits package is also provided.

Eligibility criteria

Applicants must be graduating seniors or students who have graduated during the last academic year. No one who has started graduate studies is eligible for consideration (except in cases where the student has completed a joint bachelor’s/master’s degree program). The Carnegie Endowment accepts applications only through participating universities via designated nominating officials.  Details are available at http://carnegieendowment.org/about/jr-fellows

Selection criteria

The application process is highly competitive. Approximately five percent of applicants are ultimately selected for positions. Applications are judged on the quality of the written essay, related academic study and/or work experience, grades, recommendations, and personal interviews.

Application Process

Applicants should have completed a significant amount of course work related to their discipline of interest.  Language and other skills may also be required for certain assignments. The selection process for the program is very competitive.  Accordingly, applicants should be of high academic quality.

Qualifications for Gaither Junior Fellows may vary by program. Please review the bulletin for program requirements and more information on what each program is looking for.


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  • Gap Year
  • Professional Development
  • Research Support


  • International Affairs
  • National Security
  • Peace and Conflict Resolution
  • Public Policy
  • Public Service

Eligible applicants

  • Fourth-year+ Undergrads
  • Undergraduate Alumni

Citizenship status

  • US Citizen
  • US Permanent Resident
  • DACA/Dreamer
  • International Student (non-US citizen)

ASU Nomination required

  • Yes

For More Information

Carnegie Junior Fellows Program