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James C. Gaither Junior Fellows Program

Campus Deadline: November 4, 2017

This national fellowship from the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace provides a one-year full-time position doing research for senior associates who write policy briefs. The fellowship is paid ($38,000/yr) and a full benefits package is provided.

The Carnegie Endowment for International Peace is a network of policy research centers in Russia, China, Europe, the Middle East, and the United States that works 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.

Students can apply for:

A full-time, paid ($38,000/yr) post-baccalaureate fellowship providing research assistance in one of the following areas of policy:
  • Democracy and Rule of Law
  • Nuclear Policy
  • Energy and Climate
  • Middle East Studies—Strong reading fluency and the ability to do academic as well as online research in Arabic essential. Strong background in Middle East politics and/or history is a huge plus.
  • South Asian Studies—Applicants should be comfortable with quantitative data manipulation as well as possess an interest in military issues. A strong background in international relations theory, political theory, or international political economy is essential. A strong mathematical background is a plus. Note: foreign language skills are not required.
  • China Studies (Asia Program)—Mandarin Chinese reading skills a huge plus.
  • Japan Studies (Asia Program)—Japanese reading skills required.
  • Southeast Asian Studies (Asia Program)—Strong background in economics essential. Background in politics of the region and knowledge of quantitative techniques a plus.
  • Economics (Asia Program)—Mandarin Chinese reading skills a huge plus. Strong background in economics essential.
  • Russian and Eurasian Studies—Excellent Russian reading skills required.

Applicants must be graduating seniors or students who have graduated during the last academic year. No one who has started graduate studies is eligible for consideration (except in cases where the student has completed a joint bachelor’s/master’s degree program).

You are a good fit for the James C. Gaither Junior Fellows program if you:
  • Can articulate a strong interest in policy related to the program you are applying to.
  • Can demonstrate a record of academic study and independent research related to the program you are applying to.
  • Can demonstrate highly-refined research and writing skills.
  • Application form.
  • Essay (one page or less, double-spaced) on why the student would like to become a Junior Fellow.
  • 1-2 page resume.
  • Two recommendations. These recommendations can come from anyone the student feels can best speak to their abilities as a potential Junior Fellow.
  • Transcript of undergraduate records. The transcript may be unofficial.
  • An essay of no more than three (3) typewritten, double-spaced pages on topic assigned for the program to which they are applying. These topics are intended to test skills in analysis, logic, and written expression. The essays should be analytical thought pieces, not research papers. Students should submit an essay related to their primary research program interests, although the Carnegie Endowment may ultimately select an applicant for a program outside of his/her designated primary interest or make an assignment to more than one program.
  • Nomination deadline: All application materials must be submitted for internal review at Texas A&M by November 4, 2017.
  • Commitee meeting & nomination notification: The nomination committee will select up to two nominees by the end of November. These nominees will receive feedback on their application materials and be required to submit any updates prior to the Carnegie deadline of January 15, 2018.
  • Final application deadline: January 15, 2018
  • Interview notification: Finalists will be invited for an interview in early February – March. Those not selected for interview will be notified during February. 
  • Selection notification: Finalists will be notified of selection/non-selection for the program by March 31.


Campus Contact
Dr. Jonathan Kotinek, associate director for Honors: jkotinek@tamu.edu
Additional Information
  • Texas A&M may nominate only two students each year.
  • 10-12 Junior Fellows are selected each year from 36-48 Finalists.
  • The application process is highly competitive. Approximately 5 percent of applicants are ultimately selected for positions. Applications are judged on the quality of the written essay, related academic study and/or work experience, grades, recommendations, and personal interviews.
  • Students interested in more than one policy program must choose one to apply to.
  • 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.
  • The monthly salary for those selected as Junior Fellows is $3,166.66 (equivalent to $38,000 annually) subject to federal, state and local taxes. A generous benefits package is provided, including medical, dental and life insurance as well as vacation leave. Junior Fellows are responsible for their own housing arrangements.