The Carnegie Endowment for International Peace is an educational organization in Washington, D.C., which 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.

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 James C. Gaither Junior Fellows Program

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

Seniors and individuals who have graduated within the past academic year.  Applicants should have completed significant coursework in international affairs, political science, economics, history or Russian or Chinese or Middle East studies. 

Eligibility Limitations:
Individuals who have begun graduate studies are not eligible.  There are no citizenship requirements, however all applicants must be eligible to work in the United States.

Washington, D.C.

1 year award. Junior Fellows receive a monthly salary and benefits and are responsible for their own housing. All fellowships begin on August 1st. 

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 (please see the Office of Academic Fellowships in October for an application form)

2.) an essay of no more than three (3) typed, double-spaced pages on one of the topics to be announced by the 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 (Meredith Monaghan) regarding your options

Applications Available:
Beginning of October 2019.  Please email the Office of Academic Fellowships (monaghan@brandeis.edu) to obtain an application form.

Campus Deadline:
November 12, 2019

Final Deadline:
January 15, 2020

In February and early March finalists are invited for personal interviews by representatives of the Carnegie Endowment.  Selected candidates will be notified mid-March, 2020.

James C. Gaither Junior Fellows Program

Recent Brandeis University Winners:
Congratulations to Matt Kupfer '12, who was a 2013-2014 Carnegie Junior Fellow in the Russia/Eurasia Program! In addition, Megan McClory '18 was selected as a finalist in the 2017-2018 competition in the Japan Studies program, and Dan Katz '12 was a selected as a finalist in 2011-2012 for the Energy and Climate Program.