James C. Gaither Junior Fellows Program


The James C. Gaither Junior Fellows Program provides research assistance to senior researchers working on the Carnegie Endowment's projects such as non-proliferation, democracy building, trade, US leadership, China-related issues, and Russian/Eurasian studies. Each year the Carnegie Endowment offers 10-12 one-year fellowships to uniquely qualified graduating seniors and individuals who have graduated during the past academic year. They are selected through a highly competitive process from a pool of nominees from close to 300 colleges. For further information, please visit the Junior Fellows Program website.

Nature of Fellowship

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, activists, journalists and government officials.


Candidates should have significant coursework in international affairs, political science, economics, history or Russian or Chinese studies. Applicants must be graduating seniors or students who have graduated during the last academic year. Students who have started graduate studies are not eligible. The Carnegie Endowment accepts applications only through participating universities and their designated nominating officials.

Special Considerations

Applicants must be nominated, and GW may nominate up to two applications per year. In order to participate in GW's nomination process, please submit a complete application, including letters of recommendation by GW's internal deadline through CUFR's InfoReady portal. 


Positions are paid, full-time positions for one year. Junior fellows are will be paid an annual gross salary of approximately $40,000. A full benefits package is also provided.


Application materials become available by mid-October.  

To discuss this opportunity, schedule an appointment with Dr. Kristin Luck from Libraries and Academic Innovation. You can also reach Dr. Luck at kristenlluck@gwu.edu.


  • GW deadline: Third Friday of November
  • National deadline: Mid-January



Class Year

  • Senior
  • Recent Graduate


  • International Affairs


  • English


  • Yearlong

Program Type

  • Post-Graduate
  • Research
  • Undergraduate


  • North America

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