What is the Gaither (Carnegie) JR Fellows Program?

Internal Deadline:

November 29, 2023 at 12:00 PM 

Contact the Office of Fellowships for support at least one month before this deadline.

The James C. Gaither Junior Fellows Program at the CEIP is designed to provide a substantive work experience for students who have a serious career interest in the area of international affairs. Approximately 12-14 students will be hired to work as employees at Carnegie in Washington, DC on a full-time basis for a period of 10-12 months. These “junior fellows” are selected from a pool of nominees from close to 400 participating colleges and are matched with senior associates—academics, former government officials, lawyers, and journalists from around the world—to work on a variety of international affairs issues. They 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.

Award Details

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How do I apply and what do I need?

Visit the Gaither/Carnegie application page for more information on how to apply for this fellowship, including information on application components, documents you’ll need to upload and documents that you’ll need to request from your recommenders.

For Recommenders

The Gaither/Carnegie program is interested primarily in your assessment of the candidate’s analytical, writing, and research capability. They want to know if the candidate is mature, reliable, and skillful as a researcher. More specifically, they want to know the breadth and depth of the candidate's background in the content area of their research (the applicant chooses one of several research areas listed above) and how well-developed the candidate's quantitative or language skills are (if required). In short, if you would jump at the chance to have this student as your research assistant, tell them why. The candidate should provide you with their analytical essay, resume, and transcript.

Format and submission: Letters have no word limit. They should be presented on institutional (virtual is fine) letterhead, signed, and sent to Christine Overstreet, Director of Fellowships at coverstreet@amherst.edu by November 29, 2023. Please do not send secured letters as they cannot be uploaded to the Gaither portal. 

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Christine Overstreet, Director of Fellowships
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