Academic Fellowships

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

Gaither Junior Fellows have the opportunity to work as research assistants for senior scholars at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace located in Washington DC. This program is a year-long paid fellowship for seniors and recently graduated alumni to participate in a cohort of fellows and gain hands-on experience in the field of international policy.

Applicants choose one of several possible research areas, including Democracy, Conflict, and Governance; American Statecraft; Nuclear Policy; Technology and International Affairs; Middle East; International Security and Political Economy; Asia (with separate programs on China, Japan, and Economics); Russia and Eurasia; and Africa.

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  • Seniors and alumni who have graduated in the past academic year.
  • There are no citizenship requirement, but all applicants must be eligible to work in the United States for a full twelve months from Aug 1 - July 31 following graduation. 
  • If you have started a graduate program, you are no longer eligible. 

Application Timeline

  • Campus deadline: Nov. 11, 2022
  • National deadline: Jan. 15, 2023


  • All fellowship positions are paid, full-time positions. Fellows begin on August 1st. 
  • The current salary is $1,750 per semi-monthly pay period ($42,000 per year). 
  • A full benefits package is also provided.