James C. Gaither Junior Fellows Program

The program is supported by the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, a private, non-profit organization dedicated to advancing cooperation between nationals and promoting active international engagement by the U.S.  The Endowment offers 8–10 one-year fellowships to uniquely qualified graduating seniors and those who have graduated during the past academic year, who have dedicated interest in international affairs work. The Fellows are selected from a pool of nominees from close to 400 participating colleges to work at the Carnegie Endowment in Washington, DC on a full-time basis for a period of one year as research assistants to the endowment's senior associates. 


  • Institutional endorsement required - applicants are not able to apply directly
  • Applicants need not be a U.S. citizen if you attend a university located in the United States. However, all applicants must be eligible to work in the United States for a full twelve months from August 1 through July 31 following graduation (Students on F-1 visas who are eligible to work in the United States for the full year may apply for the program)
  • Open to all academic fields
    • The University of Oregon can endorse two candidates for the national competition. A third nominee may be forwarded if one of the three is from an underrepresented group or community
  • Senior, Alumni (who have graduated during the last academic year)

Award Highlights: 

  • Monthly stipend
  • Benefits package
  • Fellows are responsible for their own housing arrangements

Application Components: 

  • Application form
  • Essay (1 page double-spaced) explaining why applicant would like to become a Junior Fellow
  • Resume or Curriculum Vitae (1-2 pages maximum)
  • Letter of recommendation (2)
  • Transcript
  • Essay (3, double-spaced pages maximum)




Award Website

James C Gaither Junior Fellows Program website

Preview the 2024 application components

Application Deadline

UO Endorsement Submission Deadline: December, 13, 2023

External Deadline: January 15, 2024

Contact the Advising Team

Advisor: Office of Distinguished Scholarship