Fund Details
James C. Gaither Junior Fellows Program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
Competition Type
Global/National - Yale Endorsement


The Carnegie Endowment for International Peace is a private, nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing cooperation between nations and promoting active international engagement by the United States. As one of the world’s leading think tanks specializing in international affairs, the Endowment conducts programs of research, discussion, publication and education. The Junior Fellows Program at the Carnegie Endowment is designed to provide a substantive work experience for students who have a serious career interest in the area of international affairs. Approximately 12 Junior Fellows are hired each year to work at the Carnegie Endowment in Washington, DC on a full-time basis for a period of one year.

Junior Fellows provide research assistance to scholars working on the Carnegie Endowment's projects:

A)Democracy, Conflict and Governance

B) American Statecraft Program

C) Nuclear Policy Program

D) Technology and International Affairs Program (including the Cyber Policy Initiative)

E) Middle East Program

F) International Security and Political Economy

G) Asia Program (China)

H) Asia Program (Japan)

I) Asia Program (Economics)

J)Russia and Eurasia Program

K)Africa Program

Available placements vary from year to year and are announced each autumn, typically in October; see application information below.

ASSIGNMENTS: Gaither Junior Fellows provide research assistance to scholars working on Carnegie Endowment's projects, listed below. They have the opportunity to conduct research, contribute to op-eds, papers, reports, and books, edit documents, participate in meetings with high-level officials, contribute to congressional testimony and organize briefings attended by scholars, activists, journalists and government officials.

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

Application Information:

The application and Junior Fellows' assignments available during the 2021 application cycle for the 2022-23 fellowships may be found here.  Please read the information about assignments and the related essay questions carefully: each year some project assignments have specific requirements, for language or other coursework, typically listed on the last page of the application information.

Interested applicants must first apply for Yale's nomination. The campus nomination process is coordinated by Fellowship Programs at the Yale Center for International & Professional Experience.

Yale College is invited to nominate two or three candidates to the national competition each year. Finalists are invited to interview via Skype with representatives of the Carnegie Endowment in late February and March, and decisions are expected to be announced by the end of March.

To apply for Yale's nomination for the Carnegie the following materials must be submitted, via this Database, by the campus application deadline:
  1. A completed official application form (the official form, along with the topics for the 3-page essay mentioned in item 5 below, may be found in the official materials linked above).

  2. An essay of one page (double-spaced) on why the applicant would like to become a Junior Fellow.

  3. A one- to two-page résumé.

  4. Two confidential letters of recommendation (at least one of which should ideally be from a faculty member in the department of the applicant's major).

  5. An essay of no more than three (3) typewritten, double-spaced pages on one of this year's set questions. These topics are intended to test skills in analysis, logic, and written expression. The essays should be thought pieces, not research papers. Applicants should submit an essay related to the available assignment in which they are most interested, although the James C. Gaither Junior Fellow Program may ultimately select an applicant for a program outside their designated primary interest or make an assignment to more than one program. This year's essay topics can be found in the official application materials via the link provided above.

  6. Transcripts: Unofficial Yale College transcripts suffice for this application.  An unofficial transcript is also required from any other institution attended for post-secondary studies.

Interested Yale applicants, after doing some research of their own, may refer questions to Fellowship Programs at the Yale Center for International and Professional Experience (meetings by appointment). Further information about Policy and Think Tanks can be found on the OCS Policy and Think Tanks resources page.

Special Eligibility Requirements:

Eligible are graduating seniors and alumni who have graduated from Yale College within the past academic year. Individuals who have begun graduate studies are not eligible (except in cases of joint bachelor's/master's degrees).

Candidates must have completed a significant amount of coursework related to their discipline of interest, and have achieved a high academic standard.

Each year some project assignments have specific requirements, for language or other coursework; please read the official application materials carefully, including the last page.

There are no citizenship requirements; however, all applicants must be eligible to work in the United States for a full 12 months (for example with OPT).

NOTE: The Carnegie Endowment does not accept direct applications for this program; only students nominated by participating universities can be considered.

Restrictions to Use of Award:

NOTE: The Carnegie Endowment does not accept direct applications for this program; only students nominated by participating universities can be considered.

This Fellowship is not deferable.

Links to Additional Information:

  1. Carnegie application information, application form and FAQs
  2. Carnegie Endowment—Junior Fellows Program, official website
  3. Fellowships application advice
  4. Book a Fellowships advising appointment
  5. OCS Resources for Policy and Think Tanks

Contact Information:

For questions about this application, please contact Emma Rose at

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            Begin Accepting Applications Date:
            Deadline Date (EST Time Zone):
            11/22/2021 1:00 PM