James C. Gaither Junior Fellows Program (formerly Carnegie Endowment for Peace Junior Fellows)

Congratulations to Junior Fellow Becca Brown '16! Read the W&M News article here.

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 is designed to provide a substantive work experience for students who have a serious career interest in the area of international affairs. Approximately 12 students will be hired to work at the Carnegie Endowment in Washington, DC on a full-time basis for a period of one year.

ASSIGNMENTS: 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.

QUALIFICATIONS: Applicants must be nominated by an official of their university or institution who has been designated for this purpose. At William & Mary, the Director of National Fellowships is this official. 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 program is very competitive. Accordingly, applicants should be of high academic quality.

Qualifications for Gaither Junior Fellows may vary by program. Please review the information below for program requirements andmore information on what each program is looking for.

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

SALARY AND HOUSING: The monthly salary is $3,200 (equivalent to $39,000 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 the Director of National Fellowships.  The campus application deadline is 12 p.m. on November 15 each year. If November 15 falls on a weekend, the applictions are due by noon the Friday before.


APPLICATION PROCEDURES: The following documents must be emailed as .pdf attachments to fellowships@wm.edu no later than 12 noon on November 15:

An application form completed online and printed or printed and filled out neatly in ink

  • An essay of one page or less, double-spaced, on why the student would like to become a Junior Fellow
  •  A resume / C.V. (1-2 pages)
  • Two letters of recommendations (these must be emailed by the recommender, signed and on letterhead). These letters may come from anyone the student feels can best speak to their abilities as a potential Gaither Junior Fellow.
  • One copy of an unofficial transcript that includes fall 2016 course registration. Request the transcript here at least three days before the deadline.
  • 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 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. Applicants are strongly encouraged to have one or more faculty members with expertise in the topic area review the essay.

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. Executive Office. Looking out over the first term of the new U.S. administration, what are the prospects for the Iran nuclear deal? Please write a memo that outlines the trends in Iran, the region, and the United States that are likely to affect implementation and identify the policy implications for the new administration.

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

D. Cyber Policy Iniative. Name and discuss five attributes of cyber weapons that make them unique from other types of weapon.

E. Energy & Climate Program. Given the national commitments made under the Paris climate agreement, what next steps would you recommend for the oil sector?

F. 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.

G. South Asia Program. (Please respond to just ONE of the two following questions).
In the 21st century, can manufacturing be the solution to employment generation in populous developing countries?
Under what conditions is a military response an effective solution to transnational terrorism?

H. 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.

I. 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, drafting new legislation to reflect these changes, 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 moderating factors, and what is important for U.S. policy makers to understand as the consider how to respond/react (balancing national security needs with regional foreign policy priorities)?

J. Economics (Asia Program). China is now experiencing a slowdown in economic growth. Is this likely to persist and what are the implications for the Asia region and for the U.S.?

K. Russia / Eurasia Program. The U.S.-Russia relationship has plummeted to unprecedentd post-Cold War lows. Can this downward trajectory be arrested? What are the key dangers in the current situation and how might the incoming U.S. Administration seek to prevent things from getting out of hand?

The campus nomination committee will choose up to two 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 Lisa by noon on January 11 along with a completed application form and a transcript that includes Fall 2016 grades. This transcript may be a hard copy or an e-script submitted to Lisa.

Questions? See the FAQs / contact the Director of National Fellowships at fellowships@wm.edu.