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Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

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 James C. Gaither Junior Fellows Program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace holds a rigorous national competition to select approximately 12-14 graduating seniors to serve as research assistants. They are matched with senior fellows – 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 Carnegie 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. Positions are full-time and include a salary 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.
  • Applicants must be nominated by an official of their university or institution who has been designated for this purpose (usually the career placement officer, fellowship advisor or an academic department chairperson). A listing of participating institutions and nominating officials may be found at http://carnegieendowment.org/about/jr-fellows. 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 coursework 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 bulletin for program requirements and more information on what each program is looking for. 

Application

Application packet must be recieved by the International Studies Advising Office

Application Deadline: Check back for next years deadline!

Application Packet: Carnegie Endowment James C. Gaither Junior Fellows Program Application Materials

  • Application Form
  • Essay #1:
    • One page or less, double spaced on why you would like to become a junior fellow.
  • Resume/CV (preferably 1-2 pages)
  • 2 Letters of Recommendation
    • Can come from anyone the student feels can best speak to their abilities as a potential Gaither Junior Fellow
  • Transcript (unofficial transcript accepted)
  • Essay #2:
    • An essay of no more than three (3) typewritten, double-spaced pages on one of the following topics (see programs below). These topics are intended to test skills in analysis, logic, and written expression. The essays should be analytical 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

ProgramsApplicants must respond to the question pertaining to the program to which they are applying.

  1. Democracy, Conflict, and Governance Program. As democracy in the United States and Europe is experiencing more serious problems, the question of the relationship between those problems and the issues facing democracy in the rest of the world is gaining attention. Are the problems that democracy is facing in the United States and Europe largely similar to or fundamentally different from those plaguing democracy in other regions such as Africa, Asia, Latin America, and the Middle East?
  2. U.S. Foreign Policy and Diplomacy. The Obama Administration looked to re-set relations with Russia, recast
    America’s role in the Middle East, and rebalance its posture toward the Asia-Pacific. The Trump Administration haspursued its own policy pivots in each area. Compare and contrast the Obama Administration’s aims and policy recordwith Trump Administration’s aims and policy record in one of these policy areas, and draw out lessons from theexperience of both administrations that ought to inform American diplomacy in the years ahead.
  3. Nuclear Policy Program. Which state without nuclear weapons do you believe is at most risk of acquiring them?
  4. Technology and International Affairs Program and Cyber Policy Initiative. (Please respond to just ONE of the two following questions). What technology issue will have the greatest impact on international stability in the comingdecade, and why? OR What factors explain why the cybersecurity environment has continued to deteriorate in recentyears?
  5. Middle East Program. The Middle East region is going through a huge, agonizing and protracted transformation
    characterized by dwindling oil revenues, rising populations, failing governance structures and government services, rising extremism and sectarianism, and high youth unemployment. The current situation has enabled regional powers to intervene in each other’s affairs as well as non-state actors such as the self-proclaimed Islamic State to emerge and spread new toxic ideologies. What do you see as one of the most difficult threats facing the region today and the underlying drivers of turmoil? Discuss the impact this has had on two countries in the region and strategies that will help move these countries toward a better future.
  6. South Asia Program. (Please respond to just ONE of the two following questions). What factors explain why, in many democracies, poor people continue to receive poor public services, despite accounting for a large share of the population? OR Under what conditions is a military response an effective solution to transnational terrorism?
  7. China Studies (Asia Program). Many experts and general observers now believe that the long-standing US policy of constructive engagement and hedging toward China has largely failed. As proof, they point to Beijing’s failure to significantly liberalize politically, to open up its economic markets sufficiently, and to adopt the norms and beliefs of the liberal international order. Instead, the argument goes, China is becoming more oppressive domestically, pursuing predatory economic policies overseas, threatening its neighbors, and trying to undermine the U.S. and push it out of Asia. Do you agree and has U.S. policy failed?
  8. Japan Studies (Asia Program). 2018 has been a tumultuous year for diplomacy in Northeast Asia (especially involving the Korean Peninsula), even as security conditions remain largely unchanged for many countries in the region amid questions about the durability of the U.S. alliance system. Japan in particular has been put into a difficult position by the Trump administration when it comes to North Korea policy, trade friction, and general demands by allies to pay more for U.S. defense commitments. At the same time, Trump’s tougher China polices (e.g., trade, Taiwan, strategic rivalry) are something of a benefit for Tokyo, in that it helps to limit China’s regional power and opens up some diplomatic opportunities for Japan as it tries to improve Japan-China relations. How is the Abe administration adjusting to Trump’s foreign policy and alliance management, as it relates to key Japanese strategic interests of China, the Korean Peninsula, and a healthy rules-based international order?
  9. Economics (Asia Program). China’s economic rise has created tensions with the US. America is accusing China of unfair trade and foreign investment practices. But China sees its actions as necessary to become more technologically advanced to escape the middle income trap. What are merits of the respective arguments?
  10. Russia and Eurasia Program. The U.S.-Russia relationship has plummeted to unprecedented post-Cold War lows. Can this downward trajectory be arrested? What are the key dangers in the current situation and how might the Trump Administration seek to prevent things from getting out of hand?
  11. Geoeconomics and Strategy Program. The U.S. international role--involving foreign relations, defense, trade, aid, investment, and international economic policy—impacts Americans and non-Americans economically. Which constituencies in the United States or overseas derive the greatest economic benefits from it?

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.

If you have any questions, please contact:

Current Projects: 2019-20

Each year, the James C. Gaither Junior Fellows Program at the Carnegie Endowment for
International Peace holds a rigorous national competition to select approximately 12-14 graduating
seniors to serve as research assistants. They are matched with senior fellows – 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 Carnegie
publications, participate in meetings with high-level officials, contribute to congressional testimony
and organize briefings attended by scholars, journalists and government officials.

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

We encourage you to review our website (http://carnegieendowment.org/) for more information on
each program/project listed below.


2019-2020 Junior Fellows Projects

  • Democracy, Conflict, and Governance
  • U.S. Foreign Policy and Diplomacy – The Junior Fellow will support Carnegie Endowment President Ambassador William J. Burns on research and writing that seeks to shape American diplomacy. Applicants should have coursework in U.S. foreign policy, broad-gauged regional lens, an interest in policy analysis and formulation, and superb writing skills.
  • Nuclear Policy
  • Technology and International Affairs/Cyber Policy
  • Middle East – Strong reading fluency and the ability to perform academic as well as on-line research in Arabic essential. Strong background in Middle East politics and/or history is a huge plus.
  • South Asia – A strong academic background in international relations theory, political theory, or international political economy is essential, along with an interest in military issues. The ability to perform quantitative data manipulation is required and a strong mathematical background is a plus.
  • China (Asia Program) – Mandarin Chinese reading skills a huge plus.
  • Japan (Asia Program) – Japanese reading skills required.
  • Economics (Asia Program) – Mandarin Chinese reading skills a huge plus. Strong background in economics essential.
  • Russia and Eurasia – Excellent Russian reading skills required.
  • Geoeconomics and Strategy

2018-19 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.

2018-2019 Junior Fellows Projects

  • Democracy and Rule of Law
  • US Foreign Policy and Diplomacy
  • Executive Office
  • Nuclear Policy
  • Cyber Policy
  • 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.
  • China Studies (Asia Program)
    • Strongly Preferred: Mandarin Chinese reading skills.
  • Japan Studies (Asia Program)
    • Required: Japanese reading skills.
  • Economics (Asia Program)
    • Required: Strong background in economics.
    • Strongly Preferred: Mandarin Chinese reading skills.
  • Russian/Eurasian Studies
    • Required: Excellent Russian reading skills.
  • Geoeconomics and Strategy
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2017-18 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.

2017-18 Junior Fellows Projects

  • Democracy and Rule of Law
  • Nuclear Policy
  • Energy and Climate
  • Cyber Policy Initiative
  • 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.

2016-17 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.