James C. Gaither Junior Research Fellowship Program, 2018

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The Carnegie Endowment for International Peace is inviting applications for its James C. Gaither Junior Research Fellowship Program. The fellowship is available for students from Russia, China, Europe, the Middle East, India, and the United States.

The James C. Gaither Junior Fellows Program is designed to provide a substantive work experience for students who have a serious career interest in the area of international affairs.

The Carnegie Endowment for International Peace (CEIP) is a foreign-policy think tank with centres in Washington D.C., Moscow, Beirut, Beijing, Brussels, and New Delhi. The organization describes itself as being dedicated to advancing cooperation between nations and promoting active international engagement by the United States

Course Level: Fellowship is available to pursue research.

Study Subject: Fellowship is awarded in the following fields:

  • Democracy and Rule of Law Program.
  • S. Foreign Policy and Diplomacy.
  • Nuclear Policy Program.
  • Cyber Policy Initiative.
  • Energy and Climate Program.
  • Middle East Program.
  • South Asia Program.
  • China Studies (Asia Program).
  • Japan Studies (Asia Program).
  • Economics (Asia Program).
  • Russia/Eurasia Program.
  • Geoeconomics and Strategy Program.

Scholarship Award: Fellowships will cover the following:

  • Positions are paid, full-time positions for one year. The monthly salary is $3,291.67 (equivalent to $39,500 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. Gaither Junior Fellows are responsible for their own housing arrangements.

Number of Scholarships: Number of scholarships are not given.

Scholarship can be taken in Russia, China, Europe, Bahrain, Cyprus, Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, Yemen, India, and the United States.

Eligibility: The following criteria must be met in order for applicants to be eligible for the scholarship:

  • Applicants must be nominated by an official of their university or institution who has been designated for this purpose (usually the career placement officer, fellowship advisor or an academic department chairperson). A listing of participating institutions and nominating officials may be found at http://carnegieendowment.org/about/jr-fellows.
  • Applications are accepted only from graduating college seniors or individuals who have graduated within the past academic year. No one will be considered who has started graduate studies (except those who have recently completed a joint bachelor’s/master’s degree program).
  • Applicants should have completed a significant amount of coursework related to their discipline of interest. Language and other skills may also be required for certain assignments. The selection process for the program is very competitive. Accordingly, applicants should be of high academic quality.
  • Qualifications for Gaither Junior Fellows may vary by program. Please review the bulletin for program requirements and more information on what each program is looking for.

Nationality:  Applicants from Russia, China, Europe, Bahrain, Cyprus, Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, Yemen, India, and the United States are eligible to apply for the fellowship.

College Admission Requirement

Entrance Requirements: Applicants must be a graduating college seniors or individuals who have graduated within the past academic year.

English Language Requirements: Applicants must have excellent written and verbal English skills.

How to Apply: Applicants can apply via email:

Research Scholarship

  • All application materials must be received by the program on or before Monday, January 15th. Colleges/universities generally set earlier deadlines internally. Applicants should consult their designated nominating official concerning nominations, since no university may nominate more than two students each year. Finalists in the selection process will be interviewed by video in the spring. Selection decisions are generally made in mid-March and no later than March 31st.
  • All of the following must be received via the designated nominating official no later than January 15th:
  • Application form.
  • An essay of one page or less, double-spaced on why the student would like to become a junior fellow.
  • Resume/C.V. (preferably 1-2 pages)
  • Two letters of recommendations. These recommendations can come from anyone the student feels can best speak to their abilities as a potential Gaither Junior Fellow.
  • Transcript of undergraduate records. The transcript may be unofficial.
  • An essay of no more than three (3) typewritten, double-spaced pages on one of the following topics. 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 James C. Gaither Junior Fellows Program may ultimately select an applicant for a program outside of his/her designated primary interest or make an assignment to more than one program.
  • Applicants must respond to the question pertaining to the program to which they are applying.
  • The best practice for submitting an application is to send one email per application. Please combine all of the materials for each application into a single PDF file.

Application Deadline: The application deadline is January 15, 2018.

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