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 12-14 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 $3,291.67 (equivalent to $39,500 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 2017 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 topics listed on pages 2 and 3 of the program application. 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. Please see the program application (pages 2-3) for a full list of program area questions.

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  by noon on January 11 along with a completed application form and a transcript that includes Fall 2017 grades. This transcript may be a hard copy or an e-script submitted to the Director of National Fellowships.

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