Gaither Junior Fellows Program

Fellowship Information

NC State Endorsement Required:


The James C. Gaither Junior Fellows Program gives graduating seniors and graduates from the previous academic year who are interested in pursuing careers related to international affairs and foreign policy the opportunity to gain valuable career knowledge and experience. The Carnegie Endowment for International Peace offers the program.

Who Should Apply:

Any major is accepted. However, applicants are expected to have substantial coursework in political science, economics, history, and/or area studies. Students should also have done some significant research and they should have excellent writing skills. College seniors and alums who have graduated within the past academic year are eligible.

Fellowship Benefits:

Gaither Junior Fellows provide research assistance to scholars working on the Carnegie Endowment’s programs. You may learn more at about those programs. 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.

Program Duration:
Number & Amount Available:

Approximately 12-14 applicants are offered positions annually. The annual salary is $39,500, plus a full benefits package.

Citizenship Requirements:
non-USA w/greencard
STEM Fields Only:

Applicant Information

Recommended GPA:
3.5 and above
Academic Level:

Documents, Deadlines, and Submission Instructions

NC State Campus Deadline:

November 6, 2018 by 5PM ET

Applicants: If you are considering applying for this award, you should email FAO staff and share your interest. You should also meet with FAO staff at least once early in the campus, or endorsement, application process. A strong endorsement application typically requires multiple drafts over a period of several weeks or months, and it should be treated as your final application. We therefore recommend that you meet with us as early as possible so that we can get to know you and give you feedback on your campus application.

In order to be considered for this award’s endorsement, you must submit endorsement application materials by the posted campus application deadline with our online submission form (contact us for the link). Please be sure to look at the online submission form before you are ready to submit to make sure everything is formatted correctly. Letters of recommendation are also due by that deadline, but should be submitted by the recommendation writer as noted below.

Email FAO staff to obtain the endorsement application instructions for the campus deadline.

Letters of Recommendation: It is a good idea to share with your recommenders a draft of your application. Please be sure to read, and then share with each recommender, the guidance from FAO that provides instructions for what to include in the letter. This letter is posted below.

You should not have access to your letters of recommendation. Your recommenders will need to submit their letters of recommendation with a different online submission form (contact us for the link to send them). If they need to submit with a different method or have any difficulty, they should contact FAO staff.

Download letter of recommendation guidance here as a PDF file.

National Deadline for Campus Representatives:
Early January 2019