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James C. Gaither Junior Fellows Program

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The Junior Fellows Program provides opportunities for individuals to work as research assistants to the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace’s senior associates. 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. The fellowship provides a paid full-time position for 1 year that pays approximately $40,000 with full benefits.

Scholarship Amount

$45,000 salary plus benefits

Annual Number of Scholarships Awarded

  • 11-13 per year


  • Be a U.S. citizen or attending a university located in the U.S.
    • All applicants must be eligible to work in the U.S. for 12 months from approximately August 1 through July 31 of the following year
  • Be a graduating senior or have graduated during the last academic year and have not started graduate studies
  • Be interested in one of the Endowment’s programs, which are detailed on the website

Selection Criteria

  • Academic excellence
  • Strong letters of recommendation
  • Experience related to the discipline of interest
  • Language skills, if necessary

Application Material

  • Junior Fellows Program Application
    • Essay pertaining to why you would like to become a Junior Fellow
    • Research Program Interest Essay
  • CV/Resume
  • Transcripts
  • 2 letters of recommendation
  • University Endorsement

University Endorsement Process

University endorsement is a competitive process and not guaranteed. Students seeking University of Utah endorsement must submit certain application components by the University’s deadline.


University Deadline:

National Deadline:


October: Junior Fellows Application Opens: Application available through the Campus Representative

December 15, 2023: University Deadline

January 13, 2024: National Deadline

February: Notification of finalists

Late February/Early March: Finalist interviews

Late March: Notification of selection

Length of Scholarship

1 year

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