James C. Gaither Junior Fellows Program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

The Carnegie Endowment for International Peace is an educational organization in Washington, D.C., that conducts programs of research, discussion, publication and education in international relations and U.S. foreign policy.

The James C. Gaither Junior Fellows Program at the Carnegie Endowment is designed to provide substantive work experience for graduates of participating universities who have a serious career interest in international affairs.

Eligibility Criteria

Eligibility Limitations


Washington, D.C.

Amount, Duration of Award

Fellows receive a monthly salary and benefits and are responsible for their own housing. All fellowships begin on Aug. 1 and go for one year.

Application Requirements

The Carnegie Endowment does not accept direct applications for this program; only students nominated by Brandeis can be considered. A complete application includes the following:

  1. A completed application form, available from the Office of Academic Fellowships in October.
  2. An essay of no more than three typed, double-spaced pages on one of the topics to be announced by the Carnegie Endowment in early October. These topics are intended to test skills in analysis, logic and written expression. The essays should be thought pieces, not research papers. Students should submit an essay related to their primary research program interests, although the Carnegie Endowment may ultimately select an applicant for a program outside his/her designated primary interest or make an assignment to more than one program.
  3. A one-page essay explaining why you want to be a Junior Fellow.
  4. An official transcript.
  5. Two letters of recommendation, at least one of which is usually from a faculty member in the department of the applicant's major, although you might wish to consult with the director of academic fellowships regarding your options.

Deadlines and Notification

Past Brandeis Winners and Finalists