Deadline NYU internal deadline - November 14, 2022
Preliminary application to be launched by September 15
Eligibility Seniors and alumni who graduated during the past academic year and have not started graduate school are eligible to apply
Duration August 1 through July 31

Candidates must

  • be eligible to work in the United States for twelve months
  • be a graduating senior or an alumnus who graduated during the past academic year and has not begun graduate school


The James C. Gaither Junior Fellows Program provides a year-long fellowship at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace in Washington, D.C. Junior Fellows are assigned to work with Carnegie’s experts on projects relating to the current work of the foundation. To see the current available projects see the Gaither website. Please pay close attention to the project details found on their website. 

Selection Criteria

Seniors and undergraduate alumni who have graduated in the last year are eligible to apply, as long as they have not yet begun graduate studies. International students may apply as long as they are eligible to work in the USA for a full year following graduation (from August 1 through July 31), which typically means currently being in the USA on an F-1 visa. The average Junior Fellow has a minimum of a 3.8 GPA and significant coursework in international relations, history, political science, economics, Russian, Arabic, or Chinese. International experience is preferred, as are candidates who plan a career related to international relations. Previous work as a research assistant (especially in a field related to international relations) is also a great help but is not required.

According to the Carnegie website, “Applications are judged on the quality of the written essay, related academic study and/or work experience, grades, recommendations, and personal interviews.” The three-page essay is a key factor in being invited to an interview (assuming good grades and a demonstrated interest in international relations), and the interview is key to obtaining the Fellowship.

NYU Endorsement Process

NYU may nominate up to three applicants for this fellowship. Students and alumni interested in applying must submit a preliminary application by the deadline listed above. 

Our nominating committee will interview preliminary applicants shortly after the campus deadline listed above and announce our nominees shortly thereafter. Final applications are due to the Carnegie Endowment in mid-January. Candidates must apply through NYU and may not apply independently. Candidates should not contact the Carnegie Endowment directly.

Ethical Guidelines

All applicants are expected to adhere to these ethical guidelines.