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James C. Gaither Junior Fellows Program

The Carnegie Endowment for International Peace is a unique global network of policy research centers in Russia, China, Europe, the Middle East, India, and the United States. Our mission, dating back more than a century, is 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. Working together, our centers bring the inestimable benefit of multiple national viewpoints to bilateral, regional and global issues.

The James C. Gaither Junior Fellows Program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace is designed to provide a substantive work experience for students who have a serious career interest in the area of international affairs. Approximately 12-14 students will be hired to work as employees at Carnegie 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 Carnegie Endowment's projects, listed below. They have the opportunity to conduct research, contribute to op-eds, papers, reports, and books, edit documents, participate in meetings with high-level officials, contribute to congressional testimony and organize briefings attended by scholars, activists, journalists and government officials.


The semi-monthly salary is $1,791.67 (equivalent to $43,000 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. Gaither Junior Fellows are responsible for their own housing arrangements.  


  1. Applicants must be nominated by UC Berkeley's Liaison to the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.
  2. Applications are accepted only from graduating UC Berkeley college seniors or UC Berkeley undergraduates who have graduated within the past academic year (Graduated August 2021, May 2021, or December 2020.)
  3. No one will be considered who has started graduate studies (except those who have recently completed a joint bachelor’s/master’s degree program). 
  4. Applicants should have completed a significant amount of coursework related to their discipline of interest.
  5. The selection process for the Junior Fellows Program is very competitive. Accordingly, applicants should have strong academic credentials; as a point of reference, the average GPA of Carnegie Fellows over time has been in the 3.8-3.95 range.
  6. Language and other skills may also be highly desirable or required for certain assignments. When determining your fit for a project, be sure to review the James C. Gaither Junior Fellows Program website to better understand current Carnegie thought leadership in the area. 

Nomination Process

  • UC Berkeley nominates up to two candidates for consideration by the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. Nominee decisions will be sent within the second week of January 2021.
  • Carnegie will then select the finalists from all the nominees from participating college and universities. Finalists in the selection process will be interviewed by Carnegie via video in the spring. Selection decisions are generally made in mid-March and no later than March 31st . 

​Application Instructions

Applicants must send all required application material in a single email to Kelly Li (Liaison to the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace) - kellyli13@berkeley.edu. Letters of recommendation can be sent seperately by your recommenders. Applications are due by 5pm on Monday, December 6, 2021.

Application Package

Please include your name on each page of your application.

  1. Application form (the form can be found on page 9 of this application material packet) 
  2. An essay of one page or less, double-spaced on why you would like to become a Gaither Junior Fellow.
  3. A 1-2 page resume (including telephone number, address, extra-curricular activities and work/ research experience). Do not include a cover letter.
  4. Two letters of recommendation. These recommendations can come from anyone you feel can best speak to your abilities as a potential Gaither Junior Fellow. 
  5. Transcript of your undergraduate records (may be unofficial).
  6. An essay of no more than three (3) typewritten, double-spaced pages on one of eleven 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.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

**Please thoroughly review the Frequently Asked QuestionsVisit the James C. Gaither Junior Fellows Program website for additional information about the program. 

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