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 2, 2021.

Gaither Junior Fellows provide research assistance to scholars working on the following Carnegie Endowment projects: Democracy, Conflict, and Governance; U.S. Foreign Policy and Diplomacy; Nuclear Policy; Technology and International Affairs; Middle East; South Asia; Asia Programs (China, Japan, and Economics); Russia and Eurasia; and Africa. Junior Fellows have the opportunity to conduct research for books, participate in meetings with high-level officials, contribute to congressional testimony, as well as organize briefings attended by scholars, activists, journalists, and government officials.

What are the key dates?

Prospective applicants for the Gaither Junior Fellows Program should email nfp@jhu.edu to receive the application. Your first step is to read through it, considering which program(s) you’re interested in. Then, please make an appointment to see an NFP advisor during office hours.

Essay Workshop: TBD for 2021 (normally early November)
Campus deadline: TBD for 2021 (normally around December 1)

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, dual-degree BA/MA candidates are eligible.
  • have a 3.7+ overall GPA.
  • have completed a significant amount of coursework related to their discipline of interest. Language and other skills may also be required for certain assignments (see the GJFP website programs list).

How do you work with the NFP?

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

The timeline gives an overview of the application process. Your first step is to send an email to nfp@jhu.edu to receive the application and to set up a meeting with an NFP advisor to discuss your candidacy. In preparation, have a closer look below for more resources to learn about the GJFP.

early October GJFP makes application materials available (see “Have a Closer Look” below)
mid-October – mid-November Meet individually with NFP adviser
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 NFP support
mid-January Meet official GJFP deadline

Are you competitive?

Around 11-13 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:

  • One- to two-page résumé.
  • Personal essay: An essay of no more than one page, double-spaced, on why you would like to become a junior fellow.
  • Analytical essay: An essay of no more than three 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 in the “Have a Closer Look” section below). You must work with your adviser or another professor on this essay.
  • Name, title, and contact information of your two 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 two 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 their 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. In addition, students must have ample subject matter coursework and/or experience in the program for which they apply and, when applicable, must meet the program’s requirements (such as language skills).
  • Commitment to a career in international affairs: Previous internships, research experience, and related employment strengthen a student’s application.

Two references: At least one 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