James C. Gaither Junior Fellows Program


Each year the endowment offers approximately 10-12 one-year fellowships to uniquely qualified graduating seniors and individuals who have graduated during the past academic year. They are selected from a pool of nominees from close to 400 participating colleges. Carnegie junior fellows work as research assistants to the endowment's senior associates. Those who have begun graduate studies are not eligible for consideration. See your school’s nominating official to learn more about the college application process.

  • Wenyan Deng

    Wellesley College—Asia Program (China Studies)
  • Patrick Farrell

    University of Pittsburgh—Southeast Asia Program & Asia Program (Economics)
  • Jeffrey Feldman

    Amherst College—Energy and Climate Program
  • John Paul Gutman

    University of Pennsylvania—Democracy and Rule of Law Program
  • Julu Katticaran

    Princeton University—Democracy and Rule of Law Program
  • Saksham Khosla

    Oberlin College—South Asia Program
  • Varsha Koduvayur

    Michigan State University—Middle East Program
  • Margaret McClure

    Wellesley College—Russia and Eurasia Program
  • Cory McKenzie

    University of New Hampshire—Asia Program (Japan Studies)
  • Aidan Milliff

    University of Chicago—South Asia Program
  • Nik Nevin

    Amherst College—Middle East Program
  • William Ossoff

    Bowdoin College—Nuclear Policy Program

Incoming Junior Fellows

  • Elena Barham

    Northwestern University—Democracy and Rule of Law Program
  • Bogdan Belei

    University of Michigan—Russia and Eurasia Program
  • Jonah Belser

    Columbia University—Democracy and Rule of Law Program
  • Rebecca Brown

    College of William and Mary—South Asia Program
  • Mariam Ghanem

    George Mason University—Middle East Program
  • Miles Graham

    Harvard University—Executive Office
  • Jessica Margolis

    Emory University—Nuclear Policy Program
  • Benjamin Lee

    University of Washington—Asia Program (China Studies)
  • David Song

    Harvard University—Asia Program (Japan Studies)
  • David Stack

    Pennsylvania State University—Asia Program (Economics)
  • Bert Thompson

    University of Georgia—Nuclear Policy Program and the Cyber Policy Initiative
  • Alexandra Vreeman

    Claremont McKenna College—Russia and Eurasia Program
  • Samuel Wojcicki

    Virginia Commonwealth University—Energy and Climate Program
  • Caroline Zullo

    University of North Carolina—Middle East Program

When is the junior fellows application information sent to participating universities? The Carnegie Endowment generally sends information to participating universities by the first week of October each year. Information is updated annually as essay topics change from year to year.

Does my school participate in the Junior Fellows Program? Visit our list of participating schools.

How can I apply if my school is not a participating university? You are encouraged to ask your career placement office to contact us to find out how your school may participate.

Must applicants be U.S. citizens? It depends. You need not be a U.S. citizen if you attend a university located in the United States. However, all applicants must be eligible to work in the United States for a full twelve months from August 1 through July 31 following graduation. Students on F-1 visas who are eligible to work in the United States for the full year (August 1 through July 31) may apply for the program.

If you attend a participating school outside of the United States, you must be a U.S. citizen (due to work permit requirements).

Am I eligible for the Junior Fellows Program? 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.

How do I apply if I’ve already graduated? If you graduated during the previous academic year and have not started graduate studies, you may apply through the university from which you graduated.

How do I obtain an application? Application forms, procedures and information are available through designated college/university nominating officials. Due to the nomination process and varying on-campus application procedures, the Carnegie Endowment is unable to send applications directly to students.

Is the application available online? Due to the nomination process, the application is not available online. Applications are available through designated school nominating officials, who are most familiar with the particular school’s nomination process. Please visit our list of nominating officials for more information.

Can applications be submitted electronically? Yes, we will accept completed applications sent electronically by the university nominating official.

I cannot obtain an official transcript by the deadline.  What should I do? The Carnegie Endowment accepts unofficial transcripts.

Who is my university’s nominating official? In many cases, information is available in career placement, internship or fellowship offices and/or political science departments. See our list of participating schools for the list of nominating officials.

Should the nominating official write a statement of nomination? A statement from a nominating official (unless it is one of the two required references) is not considered in the application process.

May I apply for the Junior Fellows Program directly to the Carnegie Endowment? The Junior Fellows Program is competitive and, as such, the Carnegie Endowment relies on participating universities to nominate uniquely qualified students. We are unable to accept applications directly from students. Students should consult their university on the nomination process.

When is the application deadline? The Carnegie Endowment’s deadline is January 15 (or the Friday before if the January 15 falls on a weekend or holiday). However, most schools set an earlier deadline (some as early as November) to receive and review applications. Consult your university for application deadlines and details on the school’s application process.

If a student is interested in more than one program, how should they proceed? Students who are interested in more than one program have to make a decision to apply under one program. Your nominating official should be able to help you determine which program is the best fit for you.

Are applicants interviewed for the program? The selection committee chooses approximately three to four applicants per position for interview. “Finalists” are interviewed in February and early March.

What arrangements will be made if a student is abroad while interviews are taking place? All interviews will take place via video regardless of location at the time of the interview. Appropriate arrangements will be made for students in a difficult time zone.

As a junior fellow, what kind of work will I do? Junior fellows provide research assistance to scholars working on the Carnegie Endowment programs. You may learn more about our programs by visiting Carnegie's homepage. Junior fellows have the opportunity to 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 attended by scholars, journalists, and government officials.

Can I apply if I have a disability? All applications will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or any other protected group.

What are the criteria upon which applications are considered? The application process is highly competitive. Approximately 5 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.

Will I be notified if I am not selected for the program? Those not selected for interview will be notified during the month of February. Finalists will be notified of selection/nonselection by March 31.

When does the fellowship begin? All fellowships begin on August 1st. Junior fellows are hired for approximately one year.

Are Junior Fellows paid? 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.

First Week of October
Application materials sent via email to nominating officials

October through mid-January:
Schools conduct nominating process. Application deadlines vary by school.

January 15
Applications must be received by Carnegie.

February through early March
Selected applicants interviewed.

March 31
Selections made and candidates notified.
2016-2017 Projects
  • Democracy and Rule of Law
  • Nuclear Policy
  • Energy and Climate
  • Middle East Studies—Strong reading fluency and the ability to do academic as well as online research in Arabic essential. Strong background in Middle East politics and/or history is a huge plus.
  • South Asian Studies—Applicants should be comfortable with quantitative data manipulation as well as possess an interest in military issues. A strong background in international relations theory, political theory, or international political economy is essential. A strong mathematical background is a plus. Note: foreign language skills are not required.
  • China Studies (Asia Program)—Mandarin Chinese reading skills a huge plus.
  • Japan Studies (Asia Program)—Japanese reading skills required.
  • Southeast Asian Studies (Asia Program)—Strong background in economics essential. Background in politics of the region and knowledge of quantitative techniques a plus.
  • Economics (Asia Program)—Mandarin Chinese reading skills a huge plus. Strong background in economics essential.
  • Russian and Eurasian Studies—Excellent Russian reading skills required.
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