Gaither (Carnegie) JR Fellows Program

Carnegie Endowment History and Purpose: The Carnegie Endowment for International Peace was founded in 1910 by Andrew Carnegie with a gift of $10 million, dedicated to advancing cooperation between nations and promoting active international engagement by the United States. It is now a global network of policy research centers in Russia, China, Europe, the Middle East, India, and the US. Their mission is to advance the cause of peace through analysis and development of fresh policy ideas and direct engagement and collaboration with decision-makers in government, business, and civil society.

 Award description: 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 one year. 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.

Research areas for this year's (2019-2020) competition are: Democracy, Conflict, and Governance; U.S. Foreign Policy and Diplomacy; Nuclear Policy; Technology and International Affairs/Cyber Policy; Middle East Studies; South Asian Studies; China Studies (Asia Program); Japan Studies (Asia Program); Economics (Asia Program); Russia and Eurasia; Geoeconomics and Strategy.

Funding details: Junior Fellows receive a monthly salary equivalent to approximately $39,500 annually (subject to federal, state, and local taxes) with a generous benefits package. Fellows are responsible for their own housing arrangements. Fellowships begin on August first and last approximately one year.

Eligibility: Applicants must be graduating seniors, or have graduated in the last academic year AND must not have begun graduate studies. Applicants do not have to be U.S. citizens however, all applicants must be eligible to work in the U.S. Candidates should have a very strong transcript overall GPA (3.7+) and have substantial coursework in the topic for which they are applying. Some program areas require specific language or qualitative skills. Candidates should consult this Bulletin for details on qualifications.

How to Apply

Seniors and alumni must apply through the campus process. This includes receiving essay feedback and guidance from the Office of Fellowships; submitting a complete application by the above internal deadline, and requesting recommendation letters to be submitted by that date as well. All materials are submitted through the AC Student and Postgraduate Application Portal. Candidates will be interviewed by the Committee on Student Fellowships, who will decide whom to nominate. Nominees will then be guided through final revisions, and their applications sent by the Director of Fellowships as pdf email attachments to the Foundation. Endorsement: Amherst may nominate two candidates.

Application materials: The Carnegie application includes two essays - a short personal statement plus an analytical (not research) essay responding to a prompt corresponding to the research area of interest, transcripts, a resume, and a completed Carnegie Foundation form.  See the Gaither/Carnegie Application page for essay prompts and additional information.

For Recommenders

Content:  Carnegie is interested in your assessment of the candidate’s intellectual capacity, their ability to write clearly, and to speak confidently and articulately. 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) 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 information about their research area and the essay required for it. Format and submission: Letters have no word limit. They should be presented on institutional letterhead, signed, and scanned for upload into the AC Student and Postgraduate Application portal, in response to an email from that system, by November 18th. If the candidate is endorsed, the letter will be forwarded with their application.

Foundation website: Carnegie (James C. Gaither) Junior Fellows Program

Christine Overstreet, Director of Fellowships
212 Converse Hall, 413-542-2536,
Carter McClintock, Fellowships Specialist
213 Converse Hall, 413-542-5079,                                     
Mailing address: Office of Fellowships, 212 Converse Hall, Amherst College, Amherst, MA 01002; Fax: 413-542-8555

Amherst College Carnegie Winners

Nancy Tang ’14: Southeast Asia program for the 2014-2015 year; Jeffery Feldman ’15 and Nik Nevin ’15 were Junior Fellows in the Energy and Climate Program and the Middle East Program, respectively, for the 2015-16 year.