Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

Junior Fellows Program 

All application materials must be received by Friday, December 11, 2015, by 4:00pm. 


Carnegie Endowment for International Peace is a unique global network of policy research centers in Russia, China, Europe, the Middle East 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 Junior Fellows Program at the Carnegie Endowment is designed to provide a substantive work experience for students who have a serious career interest in the area of international affairs. Approximately 10-12 students will be hired to work as employees at the Carnegie Endowment in Washington, DC on a full-time basis for a period of one year. 


Junior Fellows provide research assistance to scholars working on Carnegie Endowment's projects: nuclear policy, democracy and rule of law, energy and climate issues, Middle East studies, Asia politics and economics, South Asian politics, Southeast Asian politics, Japan studies, and Russian and Eurasian affairs. Junior Fellows have the opportunity to conduct research, contribute to op-eds, papers, reports, and books, participate in meetings with high-level officials, contribute to congressional testimony and organize briefings attended by scholars, activists, journalists and government officials.


  • Applicants must be nominated by UC Berkeley's Liaison to the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.
  • Applications are accepted only from graduating UC Berkeley college seniors or UC Berkeley undergraduates who have graduated within the past academic year (Graduated August 2015, May 2015, or Dec 2014).
  • No one will be considered who has started graduate studies or will be starting a program during the duration of the fellowship (except those who have recently completed a joint bachelors/masters degree program).
  • Applicants should have completed a significant amount of coursework related to their discipline of interest.
  • The selection process for the Junior Fellows Program is very competitive. Accordingly, applicants should be of high academic quality.
  • Language and other skills may also be highly desirable or required for certain assignments:
    • Democracy and Rule of Law - Not Applicable 
    • Nuclear Policy - Not Applicable 
    • Energy and Climate - Not Applicable 
    • Middle East Studies – Strong reading fluency and the ability to do academic as well as on-line research in Arabic essential. Strong background in Middle East politics and/or history is a huge plus.
    • South Asian Studies – Applicants should be comfortable with quantitative data manipulation as well as possess an interest in military issues. A strong background in international relations theory, political theory, or international political economy is essential. A strong mathematical background is a plus. Note: foreign language skills are not required.
    • China Studies (Asia Program) – Mandarin Chinese reading skills a huge plus.
    • Japan Studies (Asia Program) – Japanese reading skills required.
    • Southeast Asian Studies (Asia Program) – Strong background in economics essential. Background in politics of the region and knowledge of quantitative techniques a plus.
    • Economics (Asia Program) – Mandarin Chinese reading skills a huge plus. Strong background in economics essential.
    • Russian/Eurasian Studies – Excellent Russian reading skills required. 


All fellowships begin on August 1, 2016. Junior Fellows are hired for a period of approximately one year.

Salary and Housing

The monthly salary is $3,166.66 (equivalent to $38,000 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. Junior Fellows are responsible for their own housing arrangements. 

Application Process

Applicants must submit, in person or by mail, a package of all the required materials in a hard copy format (details below). 

All materials must be received by Friday, December 11, 2015, at 4:00pm at:

Career Center Reception, 3rd floor
2440 Bancroft Way
University of California, Berkeley, CA 94720
attn. Grace Kim, Liaison to the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

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 first two weeks of January 2016. If there are more than two qualified candidates, interviews may be necessary in January to determine the nominees.

-Carnegie will then select the finalists from all the nominees from participating college and universities. Finalists will be invited by Carnegie for personal interviews in the spring. Notification of selection from Carnegie decisions will be made by March 31, 2016.

Application Package

  1. Application form (PDF)
  2. An essay (one page or less, double-spaced) on why you would like to become a Junior Fellow.
  3. A 1-2 page resume (including telephone number, address, extra-curricular activities and work experience).
  4. Two sealed recommendations. These recommendations can come from anyone the student feels can best speak to their abilities as a potential Junior Fellow. 
  5. A transcript of your undergraduate records (may be unofficial).
  6. 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 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.

Applicants must respond to the question pertaining to the program to which they are applying.

A. Democracy and Rule of Law Program. There is an intense and ever-growing debate within and among many countries over whether it is legitimate for outside actors (governmental as well as nongovernmental actors) to fund civil society organizations within a country. Set forward and elaborate what you believe are the strongest arguments in favor of and opposed to the view that foreign funding for civil society is legitimate. Be sure to consider different types of civil society activities and organizations that might receive such funding. 

B. Nuclear Policy Program. Which state without nuclear weapons do you believe is at most risk of acquiring them?

C. Energy & Climate Program. The global oil sector is undergoing a paradigm shift. This is being driven by lower global oil prices, technological breakthroughs, political instability in the Middle East, Russia, and beyond, shifting oil demands in Asia, lack of ready substitutes for petroleum products, and mounting climate concerns. What relevant tools do policymakers have at their disposal to reduce the geopolitical, environmental, and economic risks associated with oil?

D. Middle East Program. The Middle East region is going through a huge, agonizing and protracted transformation characterized by failing governance structures, rising extremism and sectarianism, weak institutions, high unemployment, poor education and the return of status quo forces resistant to reform and inclusion. The current situation has enabled non-state actors such as the Islamic State to emerge and spread a new toxic ideology of hate and violence. What do you see as one of the most difficult threats facing the region today? Discuss the impact this has had on two countries in the region and strategies that will help move these countries toward a better future.

E. South Asia Program. Why does India’s success matter to the United States?

F. China Studies (Asia Program). The history of the interaction between a rising power and an existing great power suggests that the chances are high of a war occurring between the two. Does history in fact suggest that China, as a rising power, and the United States, as an existing great power, will more likely go to war than not? Use both references to history and the Sino-U.S. situation to support your argument.

G. Japan Studies (Asia Program). Japan Studies (Asia Program). Prime Minister Abe’s government has pursued a variety of reforms to its defense and security policies, including revising the National Defense Program Guidelines, creating a new structure for the National Security Council, developing a National Security Strategy, reinterpreting its ability to exercise the right of collective self-defense, and passing new legislation to reflect these changes. What are the key political and strategic drivers behind this push, what are the moderating factors, and what is important for U.S. Carnegie Junior Fellows Program Application Process and Procedures 2016-2017 policy makers to understand as the consider how to respond/react (balancing national security needs with regional foreign policy priorities)?

H. Southeast Asia Studies (Asia Program). East Asia is now experiencing a slowdown in economic growth. Is this likely to persist and what are the policy implications?

I. Economics (Asia Program). East Asia is now experiencing a slowdown in economic growth. Is this likely to persist and what are the policy implications? (same as above)

J. Russia/Eurasia Program. What does Russian intervention in Syria tell you about Russia as a rising or a declining power?

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

**Please thoroughly review the Frequently Asked Questions (PDF) document. If after reviewing them you have remaining application & eligibility questions, contact: Grace Kim at


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