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James C. Gaither 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.  Their 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, their centers bring the inestimable benefit of multiple national viewpoints to bilateral, regional and global issues.

Each year, the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace James C. Gaither Junior Fellows Program holds a rigorous national competition to select approximately 10-12 graduating seniors to serve as research assistants.  They are matched with senior associates -- academics, former government officials, lawyers and journalists from around the world - to work on a variety of international affairs issues.  Junior Fellows have the opportunity to conduct research for publications, participate in meetings with high-level officials, contribute to congressional testimony and organize briefings attended by scholars, journalists and government officials.

Junior Fellows spend one year at the Carnegie Endowment in Washington, DC., beginning on August 1, 2017. Positions are full-time and include a salary (2017-2018 Year: $39,000, annually) and a benefits package.

The application process is highly competitive.  Applications from nominees are evaluated based on the quality of the written essay, related academic study and/or work experience, academic performance, letters of recommendation, and personal interviews.

Qualifications & Eligibility

  • Open to ALL majors at UCSD.
  • Application required.
    • Application due to the International Studies Advising Office on November 30, Wednesday of Week 10, Fall Quarter.
    • The Junior Fellows Program is highly competitive and requires applicants to be of high academic quality.
  • Nomination by UCSD Nominating Official (Administrated by the International Studies Program).
    • Students are not allowed to apply directly to the James C. Gaither Junior Fellows Program.  They must be nominated for the program by the UCSD Nominating Official.
    • No more than two students per year are nominated per regulations set forth by the Junior Fellows Program.
  • Graduating senior or completion of bachelor's degree within the past twelve months.
    • Students that have begun graduate studies are not eligible for the program, except those who have recently completed a joint bachelor's/master's degree program
  • U.S. citizenship is not required.
    • However, non-U.S. citizens must be eligible for work in the U.S. for a full twelve months while participating in the program.
  • Applicants should have completed a significant amount of course work related to their discipline of interest.
  • Language and other skills may be required for certain assignments.

Application

Application Deadline:

  • Due to the International Studies Advising Office Wednesday of Week 10, Fall Quarter of senior year.
    • Note: The 2017-2018 application is due Wednesday, November 30, 2016.
    • This early deadline is to allow for an appropriate amount of time to review applications and forward to the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.

Application: Carnegie Endowment James C. Gaither Junior Fellows Program Application Materials (2017-18)

Nomination: All applications must be forwarded to the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace by the International Studies Program.

Nomination & Contact Information

The International Studies Program is the administrative home of the Carnegie Endowment James C. Gaither Junior Fellows Program nomination process at UCSD. 

ALL applications must be submitted to the International Studies Advising Office by the deadline provided on this page.  Applications will be reviewed by a committee comprised of faculty members from different departments across campus.

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Current Projects: 2017-18

Each year, the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace holds a rigorous national competition to select approximately 10-12 graduating seniors to serve as research assistants.  They are matched with senior associates -- academics, former government officials, lawyers and journalists from around the world - to work on a variety of international affairs issues.  Junior Fellows have the opportunity to conduct research for publications, participate in meetings with high-level officials, contribute to congressional testimony and organize briefings attended by scholars, journalists and government officials.

Junior Fellows spend one year (beginning August 1st) at the Carnegie Endowment in Washington, DC. Positions are full-time and include a salary and benefits package.

2017-2018 Junior Fellows Projects

  • Democracy and Rule of Law
  • Executive Office
  • Nuclear Policy
  • Cyber Policy Initiative
  • Energy and Climate
  • Middle East Studies
    • Required: Strong reading fluency and the ability to do academic as well as online research in Arabic.
    • Preferred: Strong background in Middle East politics and/or history.
  • South Asian Studies
    • Required: Strong background in international relations theory, political theory, and/or international political economy is essential. 
    • Preferred: Quantitative data manipulation skills essential (fluency in R, SPSS, or Stata a plus) and an interest in military issues. A strong mathematical background is a plus.
    • Note: Foreign language skills are not required.
  • China Studies (Asia Program)
    • Strongly Preferred: Mandarin Chinese reading skills.
  • Japan Studies (Asia Program)
    • Required: Japanese reading skills.
  • Southeast Asian Studies (Asia Program)
    • Preferred: Strong background in economics essential. Background in politics of the region and knowledge of quantitative techniques.
  • Economics (Asia Program)
    • Required: Strong background in economics.
    • Strongly Preferred: Mandarin Chinese reading skills.
  • Russian/Eurasian Studies
    • Required: Excellent Russian reading skills.

2016-2017 Projects

Each year, the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace holds a rigorous national competition to select approximately 10-12 graduating seniors to serve as research assistants.  They are matched with senior associates -- academics, former government officials, lawyers and journalists from around the world - to work on a variety of international affairs issues.  Junior Fellows have the opportunity to conduct research for publications, participate in meetings with high-level officials, contribute to congressional testimony and organize briefings attended by scholars, journalists and government officials.

Junior Fellows spend one year (beginning August 1st) at the Carnegie Endowment in Washington, DC. Positions are full-time and include a salary and benefits package.

2016-17 Junior Fellows Projects

  • Democracy and Rule of Law
  • Nuclear Policy
  • Energy and Climate
  • Middle East Studies
    • Required: Native or near-native Arabic language skills (especially reading & writing in modern standard Arabic).
  • South Asian Studies
    • Required: Strong background in international relations, strategy and military issues, comparative politics, and/or international political economy is essential. 
    • Preferred: Quantitative data manipulation skills essential (fluency in R, SPSS, or Strata a plus).
    • Note: Foreign language skills are not required.
  • China Studies (Asia Program)
    • Strongly Preferred: Mandarin Chinese reading skills.
  • Japan Studies (Asia Program)
    • Required: Japanese language skills.
  • Southeast Asian Studies (Asia Program)
    • Preferred: Background in politics and economics of the region.
    • Preferred: Knowledge of quantitative techniques.
  • Economics (Asia Program)
    • Strongly Preferred: Mandarin Chinese reading skills.
  • Russian/Eurasian Studies
    • Required: Excellent Russian language skills.

2015-16 Projects

Each year, the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace holds a rigorous national competition to select approximately 10-12 graduating seniors to serve as research assistants.  They are matched with senior associates -- academics, former government officials, lawyers and journalists from around the world - to work on a variety of international affairs issues.  Junior Fellows have the opportunity to conduct research for publications, participate in meetings with high-level officials, contribute to congressional testimony and organize briefings attended by scholars, journalists and government officials.

Junior Fellows spend one year (beginning August 1st) at the Carnegie Endowment in Washington, DC. Positions are full-time and include a salary and benefits package.

2015-16 Junior Fellows Projects

  • Democracy and Rule of Law
  • Nuclear Policy
  • Energy and Climate
  • Middle East Studies
    • Required: Native or near-native Arabic language skills (especially reading & writing in modern standard Arabic).
  • South Asian Studies
    • Required: Strong background in international relations, strategy and military issues, comparative politics, and/or international political economy is essential. 
    • Preferred: Quantitative data manipulation skills essential (fluency in R, SPSS, or Strata a plus).
    • Note: Foreign language skills are not required.
  • China Studies (Asia Program)
    • Strongly Preferred: Mandarin Chinese reading skills.
  • Japan Studies (Asia Program)
    • Required: Japanese language skills.
  • Southeast Asian Studies (Asia Program)
    • Preferred: Background in politics and economics of the region.
    • Preferred: Knowledge of quantitative techniques.
  • Economics (Asia Program)
    • Strongly Preferred: Mandarin Chinese reading skills.
  • Russian/Eurasian Studies
    • Required: Excellent Russian language skills.

2014-15 Projects

Each year, the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace holds a rigorous national competition to select approximately 10-12 graduating seniors to serve as research assistants.  They are matched with senior associates -- academics, former government officials, lawyers and journalists from around the world - to work on a variety of international affairs issues.  Junior Fellows have the opportunity to conduct research for publications, participate in meetings with high-level officials, contribute to congressional testimony and organize briefings attended by scholars, journalists and government officials.

Junior Fellows spend one year (beginning August 1st) at the Carnegie Endowment in Washington, DC. Positions are full-time and include a salary and benefits package.

2014-15 Junior Fellows Projects

  • Democracy
  • Nuclear Policy
  • Energy and Climate
  • Middle East Studies
    • Required: Native or near-native Arabic language skills (especially reading & writing in modern standard Arabic).
  • South Asian Studies
    • Required: Strong background in international relations, strategy and military issues, comparative politics, and/or international political economy is essential. 
    • Preferred: Quantitative data manipulation skills essential (fluency in R, SPSS, or Strata a plus).
    • Note: Foreign language skills are not required.
  • China Studies (Asia Program)
    • Strongly Preferred: Mandarin Chinese reading skills.
  • Japan Studies (Asia Program)
    • Required: Japanese language skills.
  • Southeast Asian Studies (Asia Program)
    • Preferred: Background in politics and economics of the region.
    • Preferred: Knowledge of quantitative techniques.
  • Economics (Asia Program)
    • Strongly Preferred: Mandarin Chinese reading skills.
  • Russian/Eurasian Studies
    • Required: Excellent Russian language skills.

2013-14 Projects

Each year, the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace holds a rigorous national competition to select approximately 10-12 graduating seniors to serve as research assistants.  They are matched with senior associates -- academics, former government officials, lawyers and journalists from around the world - to work on a variety of international affairs issues.  Junior Fellows have the opportunity to conduct research for publications, participate in meetings with high-level officials, contribute to congressional testimony and organize briefings attended by scholars, journalists and government officials.

Junior Fellows spend one year (beginning August 1st) at the Carnegie Endowment in Washington, DC. Positions are full-time and include a salary and benefits package.

2013-14 Junior Fellows Projects

  • Democracy
  • Nuclear Policy
  • Energy and Climate
  • Economics
    • Required: Economics background.
  • Middle East Studies
    • Required: Native or near-native Arabic language skills.
  • South Asian Studies
    • Required: Strong background in international relations, strategy and military issues, comparative politics, and/or international political economy is essential. 
    • Preferred: Quantitative data manipulation skills essential (fluency in R, SPSS, or Strata a plus).
    • Note: Foreign language skills are not required.
  • Southeast Asian Studies
    • Preferred: Background in politics and economics of the region.
    • Preferred: Knowledge of quantitative techniques.
  • Asian Studies 
    • Strongly Preferred: Mandarin Chinese reading skills.  Japanese language skills may be helpful.
  • Russian/Eurasian Studies
    • Required: Excellent Russian language skills.
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