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James C. Gaither Junior Fellows Program

James C. Gaither Junior Fellows Program

WebsiteEligibilityDeadline
carnegieendowment.org/about/jr-fellows Seniors Nov. 30, 2017

About

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. The 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, the 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 for International Peace 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 as employees at Carnegie in Washington, DC on a full-time basis for a period of one year.

Gaither 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.

Eligibility

Case Western Reserve University is a participating university of this fellows program. Interested students must work directly with Dean Amanda McCarthy, the institution’s nominating official for this program. Applicants must have attended a university located in the United States and must be eligible to work in the United States for a full 12 months from approximately August 1 through July 31 following graduation. Students on F-1 visas who are eligible to work in the U.S. for the full year may apply for the program.

Applicants must be graduating seniors or students who have graduated during the last academic year. No one who has started graduate studies is eligible for consideration (except in cases where the student has completed a joint bachelors/masters degree program). The program accepts applications only through participating universities via designated nominating officials.

Qualifications

The James C. Gaither Junior Fellows Program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace is designed to provide a substantive work experience for students who have a serious career interest in the area of international affairs. 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.

Application Procedure

  1. Schedule an appointment to meet with Dean Amanda McCarthy, preferably during your junior year but no later than May 31 prior to your senior year, to discuss your goals and plan to compete in this scholarship process.
  1. Applications are submitted to the national competition by the institution’s nominating official and must be supported by the institution, so there is an on-campus preliminary screening. Interested applicants must complete the preliminary screening process.
  1. Send the following to Dean Amanda McCarthy at aam83@case.edu by the campus deadline of Nov. 30, 2017: 
    • James C. Gaither Fellows Program application
    • An essay of one page or less, double-spaced on why the student would like to become a junior fellow.
    • Resume/C.V. (preferably 1-2 pages)
    • Two letters of recommendations. These recommendations can come from anyone the student feels can best speak to their abilities as a potential Gaither Junior Fellow.
    • Unofficial transcript
    • An essay of no more than three (3) typewritten, double-spaced pages on an assigned topic based on the applicant’s desired program. Please see the nominating official for a list of topics. These topics are intended to test skills in analysis, logic, and written expression. The essays should be analytical thought pieces, not research papers.

The aforementioned items are actual application components and will not only allow the Campus Selection Committee to evaluate your candidacy but allow you to develop your formal application.

Preference will be for all documents to be sent in one singular PDF. Reference letters can be submitted separately by the letter writer either electronically to aam83@case.edu or via US/campus mail to the Office of Undergraduate Studies, Case Western Reserve University, 357 Sears Building, 10900 Euclid Ave., Cleveland, OH 44106-7028.

  1. Campus interviews are required for all candidates. Times will be identified for interviews based on your class schedule and committee availability. Interviews will take place in early December. (See schedule below.)
  1. Complete final application submission (letters of recommendation included) by (TBD) in order to allow the institution’s nominating official the appropriate time to compile the application materials and deliver them to the James C. Gaither Junior Fellows Program by the national deadline.
Application Timeline
Campus deadline (recommendation letters included)  Nov. 30, 2017
Interview scheduling Dec. 1, 2017
Interview confirmation Dec. 5, 2017
Campus interviews  Dec. 7-8, 2017
Student deadline Jan. 8, 2018
Campus nominations completed  Jan. 8-12, 2018
National deadline (letter of endorsement added and final submission sent) TBD (early January)

Value of the Award

  • All fellowships begin on Aug. 1, 2016. Gaither Junior Fellows are hired for a period of approximately one year.
  • The monthly salary is $3,200.00 (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. Gaither Junior Fellows are responsible for their own housing arrangements.

Contact

Students should contact their institution’s nominating official, Dean Amanda McCarthy (aam83@case.edu) with questions regarding the selection and nominating process. Questions concerning the requirements and the James C. Gaither Junior Fellows Program should be addressed to Christopher Grider in Human Resources at 202.939.2308 or jrfellowinfo@ceip.org.

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