Gaither Junior Fellows Program: A substantive work experience in foreign policy

The James C. Gaither Junior Fellows Program at the Carnegie International Endowment for Peace is designed to provide a substantive work experience for students who have a serious career interest in international affairs research. Students will be paid to work at the GJFP in Washington, D.C., on a full-time basis for a period of one year beginning Sept. 1, 2024.

Gaither Junior Fellows provide research assistance to scholars working on the Carnegie Endowment's projects, including democracy, conflict, and governance, American statecraft, nuclear policy, technology and international affairs, Middle East, China studies, Japan studies, economics (Asia program), Russia/Eurasia, and Africa. Junior Fellows 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.

The fellowship is open to current seniors and May 2023 graduates who have not started graduate school (however, you are eligible if you are in the final year of a BA/MA program). U.S. citizenship is not required, but a work visa for the 2024-25 academic year is. Applicants must have completed a significant amount of coursework related to their foreign policy area of interest, have a record of high academic achievement (3.7+ GPA), and meet any individual requirements for the program to which they are applying.

The National Fellowships Program office will support applicants with essay reviews and workshops. All eligible participants must submit their applications to the Scholars & Fellows Programs office by Dec. 22, 2023.

The National Fellowships Program's GJFP webpage has more information; for a copy of the application, email