James C. Gaither International Fellows Program

James C. Gaither Junior Fellows Program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace is designed to provide substantive work experience for students who have a serious career interest in the area of international affairs. Students who are selected will be hired to work as employees at the Carnegie Endowment in Washington D.C. on a full-time basis for a period of one year. 

The program provides research assistance to scholars working on Carnegie's projects, which include areas such as Democracy, Conflict and Governance; Nuclear Policy; American Statecraft; Technology and International Affairs and regional programs such as Asia, South Asia, Russia and Eurasia, Africa, and the Middle East. 

Important Dates

  • Up to November 1:  Complete the Declaration of Intent to Apply Form to be interviewed about your interest in the James C. Gaither Junior Fellows Program and to request a formal nomination review from GVSU. 
  • December 1: Complete the application requirements for the internal Grand Valley review. A short zoom interview with a small faculty committee occurs in December. You will receive feedback on your essays so that you can continue to work on them.
  • Over winter break: Thorough review of your application in collaboration with Dr. Tooley (to be sure that your essays are progressing well, that your letters of recommendation have been requested and are complete).
  • January 15 deadline for submission of applications by GVSU to Carnegie. Candidates may Not submit directly. 

Key Details

Award Stipend/Benefits

The award offers a one-year full-time position with benefits at Carnegie Endowment for International Peace in Washington D.C.


Applicants must be graduating seniors or students who have graduated during the last academic year. Anyone who has started graduate studies is ineligible for consideration (except in cases where the student has completed a joint bachelor’s/master’s degree program). The program accepts applications only through participating universities via designated nominating officials.

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