Important Dates

The application process typically begins in early October when nominating officials at participating universities receive the application materials. Then, over the next few months, participating colleges and universities undergo their own internal nomination process. Nominations are due to the James C. Gaither Junior Fellows Program by January 15th, and acceptance announcements are typically made by the end of March. This timeline is meant to be a general outline. More precise dates are outlined to nominating officials for each individual application cycle.

Early October

Application materials sent via email to nominating officials

October through mid-January:

Schools conduct internal nominating process. Application deadlines vary by school.

January 15

Applications must be received by the James C. Gaither Junior Fellows Program. In the event that January 15 falls on a weekend or holiday, the deadline may be changed to another date. Please review the latest application materials for the current deadline.

Late-February to Early-March

Selected applicants are interviewed.

End of March

James C. Gaither Junior Fellow selections made and candidates notified.


James C. Gaither Junior Fellows spend one year (beginning September 1st) at Carnegie in Washington, DC working with Carnegie’s senior scholars in the following fields:

2023-2024 Programs or Projects
  • Democracy, Conflict, and Governance
  • American Statecraft
  • Nuclear Policy
  • Technology and International Affairs—Strong writing skills and research skills are essential.
  • Middle East—Strong reading fluency and the ability to perform academic as well as on-line research in Arabic essential. Strong background in Middle East politics and/or history is a huge plus.
  • International Security and Political Economy [to work with the South Asia Program]—Quantitative data analysis and GIS skills are required. A strong mathematical background is a plus. An academic background in international relations theory or international political economy along with an interest in military issues is essential.
  • Asia Program (Indo-Pacific Security —Mandarin Chinese language skills and familiarity with Asian security, defense and foreign policy issues are essential. Proficiency in Japanese, Bahasa, or another Asian language is a plus.

    Asia Program (China, Economics, and Technology)—Mandarin Chinese language skills are required. Background in economics or emerging technologies strongly preferred.
  • Russia and Eurasia—Excellent Russian reading skills required
  • Africa Program
  • Global Order and Institutions—An academic background in international institutions and the management of transnational challenges is strongly preferred.
  • Sustainability, Climate and Geopolitics—Basic data skills (such as helping create graphs or tables for Carnegie publications) are a plus. Applicants should have completed coursework related to sustainability and climate issues.
  • Europe—Fluency and the ability to perform research in a European language other than English are a plus. Background knowledge on European politics is essential.
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