James C. Gaither Junior Fellows Program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace


For seniors and recent graduates who have a serious career interest in the area of international affairs, and who have significant course work and research experience in the project areas listed in the Carnegie Bulletin for the fellowship year. Junior Fellows provide research assistance to the Carnegie scholars' projects, and have the opportunity to conduct research, contribute to op-eds, papers, reports, and books, participate in meetings with high-level officials, contribute to congressional testimony, and organize briefings attended by scholars, activists, journalists, and government officials.

  • Campus Deadline:  Monday, 11 November 2019, 3PM **SUBMIT EARLY: This deadline is strict**
  • Application Workshop: Tuesday, 15 October 2019, 4:15-5PM, Sweet Hall Room 118
  • Award:
    • Year-long research assistantship at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace in Washington, DC, starting 1 August 2020
    • Annual salary of $40,000 (subject to federal, state, and local taxes)
    • Benefits package including medical, dental, life insurance benefits, and vacation leave 
    • Junior Fellows are responsible for their own housing arrangements
  • Campus liaison: Esther Cho, Undergraduate Research
  • More information at: The James C. Gaither Junior Fellows Program at the Carnegie's national website

Eligibility Criteria

  • Nomination by Stanford through Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education (VPUE)
  • Current graduating Stanford senior, or alumnus/alumna who has graduated within the past academic year and has not yet started graduate studies. Stanford co-terms who graduated in the past academic year with joint bachelor's / master's degree are eligible.
  • Must have completed a significant amount of course work and research at a high academic level related to the discipline of interest, with the requisite skills specified for individual program areas (see the Bulletin within the downloadable application documents below)
  • Must be available for an interview, if shortlisted. Interview date(s): Tuesday, 3 December 2019 and Wednesday, 4 December 2019, morning times

How to Apply

The following steps must be completed for an application to be considered for campus nomination:

  1. Register with Undergraduate Research to participate in the campus competition 
  2. Consult with your faculty recommenders and the campus liaison Esther Cho regarding the content and writing of your application
  3. Download application documents and FAQs, paying close attention to the questions posed for the 3-page essay and the skills specified for each research program in the Bulletin
  4. Complete application package with 5 copies each of the following:
    • Application form
    • 1-2 page resume (include telephone, address, email, research and work experience)
    • For the campus deadline, provide an additional longer, annotated resume that provides rich details for the experiences/achievements that you list.
    • Request an electronic version of all official college transcript(s) to be sent to vpue-fellowships@stanford.edu. If you can only obtain hard copies of an official transcript, submit one original and five copies. (Unofficial transcripts are also accepted by the foundation.)
    • 1-page essay, double spaced, on why you would like to become a junior fellow
    • 3-page essay, double spaced, an analytical thought piece (op-ed style) responding to the question pertaining to the program to which you are applying
    • 2 letters of recommendation (original only, extra copies not needed)
      • it is recommended that you confer with the Carnegie campus liaison before finalizing your choices for recommendations
      • request letters early to give your mentors enough time to meet the campus deadline
      • letters may be sent electronically by the writer to vpue-fellowships@stanford.edu, or in sealed hardcopy form to Sweet Hall, First Floor, Attn.  Fellowships
      • see Tips for soliciting letters of recommendation
  5. Submit your complete application package to the front desk on the first floor in Sweet Hall by the campus deadline.
  6. Sign the "Fellowship Nomination Permission Form and Waiver" at the front desk to complete the submission process

Note: Late applications will NOT be accepted without prior approval.

Selection Process

 A committee of VPUE staff and faculty will review applications to shortlist candidates for interviews, and select a maximum of two nominees.

Additional Resources

You are strongly encouraged to consult with your faculty mentors about the application, and with Academic Advisors who have experience with this competition.