Gaither Junior Fellows Program

Is it for you?

The Carnegie Endowment for International Peace (CEIP) is a private, nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing cooperation between nations and promoting active international engagement by the U.S. As one of the world’s leading think tanks specializing in international affairs, the Endowment conducts programs of research, discussion, publication, and education. The James C. Gaither Junior Fellows Program (formerly the Carnegie Junior Fellows Program) at the CEIP is designed to provide a substantive work experience for students who have a serious career interest in international affairs research. Students will be paid to work at the CEIP in Washington, DC on a full-time basis for a period of one year beginning August 1, 2018.

Gaither Junior Fellows provide research assistance to scholars working on the Carnegie Endowment’s projects: democracy and rule of law, executive office, nuclear policy, cyber policy initiative, energy and climate, Middle East, South Asia, China studies, Japan studies, economics (Asia program), and Russia/Eurasia. Junior Fellows have the opportunity to conduct research for books, participate in meetings with high-level officials, contribute to congressional testimony and organize briefings attended by scholars, activists, journalists and government officials.

What are the key dates?

Essay Workshop: TBD for 2018, typically mid-November
Campus deadline: TBD for 2018, typically at the end of November

Are you eligible?

Candidates for the GJFP must:

  • be eligible to work in the U.S., although U.S. citizenship is not required.
  • be graduating seniors or students who have graduated during the last academic year. No one who has started graduate study is eligible. HOWEVER, graduating BA/MA candidates are eligible.
  • have a 3.6+ overall GPA.
  • should have completed a significant amount of course work related to their discipline of interest. Language and other skills may also be required for certain assignments (see PDF Document: the GJFP application).

How do you work with the NFP?

JHU nomination is required through a campus selection process (JHU may nominate up to 2 candidates). GJFP applicants work closely with us, following the steps below, for the duration of the application process.

The timeline gives an overview of the application process. Your first step is to contact Dr. Miller by emailing her or attending her office hours. In preparation, have a closer look below for more resources to learn about the GJFP.

late October Dr. Miller makes informational visits to relevant classes
mid-November Attend essay writing workshop
late November Meet JHU campus deadline; JHU may nominate 2 candidates
November – December Work closely with mentor on analytical essay
December – mid-January Continue to revise application with Dr. Miller
mid-January Meet official GJFP deadline

Are you competitive?

About 12 fellowships are awarded each year. To be considered for nomination by Johns Hopkins, applicants must email to Dr. Miller by the campus deadline the following materials as one continuous Word file:

  • 1-2 page résumé/CV.
  • Personal essay: An essay of no more than 1 page double-spaced on why you would like to become a junior fellow.
  • Analytical essay: An essay of no more than 3 double-spaced pages on one of the assigned topics related to the Endowment’s programs (prompts are available on the Gaither Junior Fellows Program application, which is available from Dr. Miller). We strongly encourage you to work with your adviser or another professor on this essay.
  • Name, title, and contact information of your 2 recommenders.

along with one PDF file containing:

  • Unofficial undergraduate transcripts from all institutions attended, including study abroad.

A campus committee will review the applications and choose 2 nominees. Before the official deadline, these students will need to have two letters of recommendation submitted via email to Dr. Miller on their behalf and complete an application form in addition to the materials cited above. Selection decisions (both on-campus and at the national level) are based on the following criteria:

  • Quality of the analytical essay: The topics are intended to test skills in analysis, logic, and written expression. The essays should be 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.
  • Academic record: The selection process for the Junior Fellows Program is very competitive and generally a GPA of 3.7 or above is expected.
  • Commitment to a career in international affairs: Previous internships, research experience, and related employment strengthen a student’s application.

Two references: At least 1 letter should be from a professor in the student’s major; the other could be from an internship or research assistantship supervisor.

Have a closer look:

Visit the Official Website

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

Start Your Application

GJFP application (PDF available in early October of the application cycle)