The Carnegie Endowment for International Peace: James C. Gaither Junior Fellows Program

2019 Carnegie Application Cover Form and Instructions/FAQ

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UCI (Pre-Application) Deadline: October 30, 2018 at NOON

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The Endowment’s James C. Gaither Junior Fellows Program offers 12 to 14 one-year paid fellowships to provide research assistance to Associates working on various Carnegie Endowment projects such as democracy, conflict & governance, U.S. foreign policy & diplomacy, nuclear policy, technology & international affairs, Middle East policy, South Asia policy, China policy & Japan policy & Economic (Asia Program) policy, Russia/Eurasia policy, and Geo-economic and Strategy policy

Junior Fellows have the opportunity to conduct research for books, co-author journal articles and policy papers, participate in meetings with high-level officials, contribute to congressional testimony and organize briefings attended by scholars, activists, journalists and government officials.

Who is Eligible
Applicants must be excellent graduating seniors or students who have graduated during the last academic year. Graduate students are ineligible. Applicants should have completed a significant amount of course work relating to their proposed field of research. Language and other skills may also be required for certain assignments.

Please note that external scholarship agencies will consider all of your credit-bearing coursework from any college or institution as part of the review process (including CSU, community colleges, private colleges or other UC campuses/Extension programs, and including units earned while in high school). Grades from other colleges will be included in calculation of your overall GPA for eligibility purposes.

Selection Procedure

Candidates select and apply to a specific program of study at Carnegie through the SOP (you may NOT apply directly to the Carnegie Endowment). This research area determines the application essay question to which a candidate must respond.

All candidates submit a 1-page application form, a 1-page essay on why you would like to be a junior fellow, a 1-2 page resume or C.V., 2 letters of recommendation, transcripts for all coursework for which you’ve received college credit, and a 3-page essay responding to the prompt for their research program.

Certain research programs require candidates to possess foreign language fluency or demonstrate significant academic background in a specific area.

Fellows are selected from a pool of nominees from close to 400 colleges. UCI may nominate 2 of our undergraduate students to receive endorsement on the campus level. After submitting applications for final review, about 30-40 nominees will receive interviews, from which 12-14 Junior Fellows will be selected.

FEBRUARY: Students selected for interviews will be notified via phone. Students not selected for interviews will receive a letter (with a copy to the participating school).

FEBRUARY-EARLY MARCH: Approximately 30-40 finalists will be interviewed.

MARCH 31: Final selections will be made by this date and candidates will be notified.

AUGUST 1: All fellowships begin.

Your faculty can submit their recommendations by email, campus mail (zot code 5695), or drop them off in person at our office (193 Science Library, in the Writing Center). Please remind them to include their signatures on their letters. Your application materials do not have to be submitted as hard copies, electronic copies will be sufficient.

Who Wins
Junior Fellowships are one-year paid positions, beginning in August of each year.

This year, Junior Fellows will receive a gross salary of approximately $3291 per month (equivalent to $39,500 annually). A full benefits package is also provided.

World Wide Web
Further information is available on the Carnegie website.

For applications and more information, contact the Scholarship Opportunities Program at 824-0189. We are located within the Center for Excellence in Writing & Communication, on the first floor of Science Library (Building 520).

SOP is able to advise competitive undergraduate candidates at UC Irvine only.