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Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
Junior Fellows Program - 2014-2015

The Carnegie Endowment for International Peace is a private, nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing cooperation between nations and promoting active international engagement by the United States. As one of the world's leading think tanks specializing in international affairs, the Endowment conducts programs of research, discussion, publication, and education.

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 8-10 students will be hired to work 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 such as nuclear energy, energy and climate change, international economies, democracy building, Middle East studies, international security, South Asian politics, Asia and China-related issues, and Russian and Eurasian affairs.

Junior Fellows have the opportunity to conduct research for 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 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 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.


All fellowships begin on August 1, 2014. Junior Fellows are hired for a period of approximately one year.

Salary and Housing

Monthly salary is $3,083.33 gross (equivalent to $37,000 annually) and subject to federal, state and local taxes. A generous benefits package is also provided.

Application Process

Applicants must submit, in person or by mail, a package of all the required materials (details below). All materials must be received by Monday, December 9, 2013, at 4:00pm at:

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

UC Berkeley nominates up to two candidates for consideration by the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. 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. Finalists will be invited by Carnegie for personal interviews in the spring. Notification of selection decisions will be made by March 31.

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, at least one of which should be from a professor in your major department.
  5. A transcript of your undergraduate records (may be unofficial).
  6. An essay of no more than three typewritten, double-spaced pages (with your name on each page) 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 (similar to opinion editorials), not research papers. You should submit an essay related to your primary research program interests, although the Carnegie Endowment may ultimately select you for a program outside of your 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 Program. The United States has so many shortcomings in its own democracy and has been violating privacy and other rights to such a degree that it no longer has much credibility to promote democracy and the rule of law in other parts of the world. Do you agree or disagree? Why?

B. Nuclear Policy Program. What implications -if any- would the growth of nuclear power have for preventing the spread of nuclear weapons?

C. Energy & Climate Program. With climate change now declared both real and caused, at a 95% degree of certainty by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, primarily by human activity, the argument for fast action to reduce carbon emissions also mounts. One obvious strategy is to price carbon emissions at their externalized marginal cost to society. Yet, with a cap-and-trade bill politically off the table and anti-tax sentiment in the nation's capital running high, new tax increases are not in favor. What are some options for moving forward with a domestic carbon pricing scheme given these constraints, and how could they be structured to make them more acceptable across the political spectrum?

D. Middle East Program. Recent setbacks in Egypt, Tunisia, and Libya seem to spell the ignominious end of the hopes originally unleashed by the Arab uprisings. First, discuss whether or not there is still reason to be optimistic that messy transitions will eventually lead to democratic outcomes in one or more Middle East countries. Secondly, select one country that has undergone significant change over the last two years and discuss its likely political trajectory and the salient factors that will influence its transformation moving forward.

E. South Asia Program. What potential impact will the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan have on regional security?

F. China Studies (Asia Program). Some observers of China's foreign and defense policies argue that Beijing recently made a strategic decision to utilize its growing political, economic, and military power and influence in Asia and beyond to challenge many aspects of the existing U.S.-led international system, including accepted interpretations of freedom of navigation, the peaceful resolution of maritime territorial issues, and growing international norms against genocide and human rights abuses carried out by repressive regimes. Do you agree? If so, why was such a decision made, what evidence exists to support such a contention, and how should the West respond? If you disagree, then how do you explain Beijing's apparently increased level of assertiveness in many areas witnessed in recent years?

G. Japan Studies (Asia Program). Prime Minister Abe's government is pursuing 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, considering reinterpreting its ability to exercise the right of collective self-defense, and perhaps acquiring the capability to strike enemy bases after attack. What are the key political and strategic drivers behind this push, what are the prospects for change and reform, and what is important for U.S. policy makers to understand as the consider how to respond/react?

H. Southeast Asia Studies (Asia Program). Why is it that Southeast Asian economies were so resilient through the global fmancial crisis and now seem so vulnerable as the advanced economies recover?

I. Economics (Asia Program). China and many of the other countries in East Asia are now experiencing a slowdown in their economic growth. Is this likely to persist and what are the policy implications?

J. Russia/Eurasia Program. The steady deterioration in U.S.-Russian relations over the past two years has fostered great uncertainty about what comes next. Are the U.S. and Russia headed for increased confrontation and competition or a period of disengagement? What are the key areas that could trigger a new wave of problems? Are there significant areas that could be used to spur heretofore unexploited cooperation and the advancement of shared interests?

Please direct any questions to Janet White.

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