James C. Gaither Junior Fellowship

Campus Deadline: November 17


The James C. Gaither Junior Fellows program, the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace offers approximately 12-14 one-year fellowships to graduating seniors and individuals who have graduated during the past academic year who desire careers in international affairs. James C. Gaither Junior Fellows work as full-time piad research assistants to Carnegie’s senior scholars at the Carnegie Endowment in Washington, DC.

Applications are judged on the quality of the written essay, related academic study and/or work experience, grades, recommendations, and personal interviews.

Campus Nomination Process

Overview: Applicants must email the Director of National Fellowships to request a copy of the application (they are typically available at the beginning of October). Applicants must submit the following components to the Charles Center inbox charlescenter@wm.edu by the campus deadline of November 17 at midnight:

  • An application form
  • An essay of one page or less, double-spaced, on why you 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)
  • One copy of an unofficial transcript that includes fall course registration
  • One copy of an essay of no more than three (3) typewritten, double-spaced pages on one of the topics listed on pages 2 and 3 of the program application.

After the application components have been received, based on the number of applicants, a campus endorsement process will be outlined. The campus nomination process can vary year to year and is at the discretion of the Director of National Fellowships.

Application Format: The application is completed entirely on PDF and Word documents and submitted via email to the Charles Center inbox charlescenter@wm.edu. There is no online application portal for this program.

Endorsements: William & Mary can nominate up to two students for the James C. Gaither Junior Fellows Program.

National Application Process

The national deadline is January 15, 2020. All students must meet the campus deadline (posted above) in order to be eligible for endorsement by the national deadline. Learn more about the James C. Gaither Junior Fellows Program including eligibility requirements, placement details, and previous award winners.

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