Internal deadline: December 11, 2015
National deadline: January 15, 2016

Eligibility requirements:

  • U.S. citizen
  • International students attending a university located in the United States.
  • All applicants must be eligible to work in the US 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 may apply for the program)
  • Seniors and 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. 

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 (1 page/double spaced) explaining why student would like to become a junior fellow.
  • Curriculum Vitae (1-2 pages max)
  • Letter of recommendation (2)
  • Transcript (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