Internal deadline: TBA - Probably around December 8, 2015
National deadline: January 15, 2016

Eligibility requirements:

  • U.S. citizen
  • International students attending a university located in the United States. However, all applicants must be eligible to work in the United States for a full 12 months from August 1 through July 31 following graduation. Students on F-1 visas who are eligible to work in the US for the full year (August 1 through July 31) may apply for the program.
  • Senior
  • Alumni who have graduated during the last academic year but have not started graduate studies.

Award summary and conditions: Each year 8-10 graduating seniors are selected to serve as research assistants to senior associates-academics, former government officials, lawyers, and journalists from around the world-to work on a variety of international affairs issues at the Carnegie Endowment in Washington, DC. Fellows will conduct research for books, participate in meetings with high level officials, contribute to congressional testimony and organize briefings. The fellowship is a year long, full-time position with salary and benefits. The Carnegie Endowment accepts applications only through participating universities via designated nominating officials.

Application process: Applicants must apply through Whitman's Nominating Official, and no more than two nominations may be forwarded. Nominating officials may submit the applications electronically or by mail.
Application materials:  Applications may be obtained in the Fellowships and Grants Office.

  • Application form
  • Essay (one page/double spaced) explaining why student would like to become a junior fellow.
  • 1-2 page curriculum vitae
  • 2 recommendations
  • Transcript, may be unofficial
  • Essay of no more than 3 typewritten, double-spaced pages responding to one of the Endowment's question most pertinent to the applicant's primary research program interest. The essays are thought pieces, not research papers.

Nominating Official: Keith Raether

Internal review process: Yes
Internal nomination required: Yes

National committee interview: Yes, the Selection Committee chooses approximately 3-4 applicants per position for interviews.

Selection process: Carnegie is a very competitive fellowship--approximately 5% of applicants are selected for positions. Applications are judged on the quality of the written essay, related academic study and/or work experience, grades, recommendations, and personal interviews. Finalists are chosen sometime between February through early March. Carnegie will pay travel expenses; interviews can also be done by phone or Skype. Finalists will be notified of selection/non-selection by March 31st.

Contact information:

Junior Fellows Program
Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
1779 Massachusetts Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20036