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 2020

Applicants: If you are considering applying for this award, you should email UFO staff at as soon as possible.

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 UFO 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 UFO staff.

Download letter of recommendation guidance hereĀ as a PDF file.

National Deadline for Campus Representatives:
Early January 2021