The Carnegie Endowment for Peace Junior Fellows Program

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 collboration with decision-makers in government, business, and civil society. Working together, our centers bring the inestinable 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 at the Carnegie Endowment in Washington, DC on a full-time basis for a pesiod of one year.

ASSIGNMENTS: Junior Fellows provide research assistance to scholars working on the Carnegie Endowment's projects: nuclear policy, democracy building, 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, participate in meetings with high-level officials, contribute to congressional testimony and organize briefings attended by scholars, activists, journalists and government officials.

QUALIFICATIONS: 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 course work related to their discipline of interest. Language and other skills may also be required for certain assignments. The selection process for the Junior Fellows Program is very competitive. Accordingly, applicants should be of high academic quality.

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

SALARY AND HOUSING: The monthly salary is $3,083.33 (equivalent to $37,000 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.

William & Mary may nominate up to two candidates, and the nomination process is coordinated by Director of Fellowships [[lmgrim, Lisa Grimes]].  The campus application deadline is 12 p.m. on Wednesday, December 4, 2013.

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APPLICATION PROCEDURES: All of the following must be received in the Charles Center no later than 12 noon on Wednesday December 4:

* One copy of the completed and signed application form;

* One copy of an essay of one page or less, double-spaced on why the student would like to become a Junior Fellow;

* One copy of a 1-2 page resume;

* Two recommendations;

* One copy of an unofficial transcript that includes fall 2013 course registration;

* One copy of 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 Program: The United States has so many shortcomings in its own democracy and has been violating privacy and other rights to such a degreee 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: 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 ignominous 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 peacefiul resolution of maritime territorial issues, and growing international norms agains 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 they consider how to respond / react? 

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

I. Economics (Asia Program): China and many of the otehr countries in East Asia are now expereincing 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?

The campus nomination committee will choose up to 2 nominees.  All applicants will be notified of their status by email as soon as the selections are made.  The decisions of the committee are final.  Nominees may fine tune their applications but must submit final versions to the Charles Center by noon on January 13, 2014.  Nominees must also request Transcript office-issued transcripts (unofficial is fine), including Fall 2013 grades, to be picked up by the Charles Center staff no later than January 13, 2014.  Questions?  Contact Director of Fellowships [[lmgrim, Lisa Grimes]].