Carnegie Endowment for International Peace Junior Fellows Program


The Carnegie Endowment for International Peace is a private, nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing cooperation between nations and promoting active international engagement by the United States. Through research, publishing, convening, and on occasion, creating new institution and international networks, Endowment associates shape fresh policy approaches. The Endowment publishes Foreign Policy, one of the world's leading magazines of international politics and economics.

The Junior Fellows Program at the Carnegie Endowment is designed to provide a substantive work experience for students who have a serious career interest in the area of internationals affairs. The monthly salary is $3,000.00 (equivalent to $36,000.00 annually) subject to federal, state and local taxes.

This fellowship requires institutional selection and nomination. A copy of all materials must be submitted electronically to Earlham's Graduate Fellowship Committee. The GFC nominates candidates for this fellowship.

Who May Apply

Applicants must be graduating seniors or students who have graduated during the last academic year. Those who have started graduate studies are ineligible.

Application Pool Description

Each year the Endowment awards up to 10 one-year fellowships, selecting recipients from a pool of nominees from close to 200 colleges.

Eligibility Limitations

The Carnegie Endowment accepts applications only through participating universities and designated nominating officials. You need not be a U.S. citizen to apply for the program. However, all applicants must be eligible to work in the United States.

Award Description and Duration

Junior Fellows provide research assistance to Associates working at the Carnegie Endowment for Peace in Washington, D.C., on such projects as non-proliferation, democracy building, international economics, China-related issues and Russian/Eurasian studies. Junior Fellows may 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. All fellowships begin on August 1. Junior Fellows are hired for approximately one year.

Campus Requirements and Deadline

The internal application due to the Graduate Fellowship Committee by November 15 consists of:

  • a three-page, double-spaced essay, responding to a topic-specific question (See Liaison for details),
  • an unofficial undergraduate transcript,
  • a resume that includes extracurricular activities and work experience,
  • a one-page personal essay.

You will be notified shortly thereafter if Earlham has decided to forward your nomination to the Endowment.

Application Requirements and Deadline

The GFC submits the candidate's packet, containing essay, personal statement, letters of reference and official transcript by early- to mid- January.



Typical Essay Questions

  • The debates triggered by the U.S. threat to invade Iraq and forcibly depose President Saddam Hussein have highlighted a deepening division between the United States and most European countries about how to deal with rogue regimes and the threat of international terrorism. Discuss the differences and their possible impact on NATO and the United Nations.
  • Since 9/11 many analysts have described the dramatic improvement of U.S.-Russian ties as one of the fringe benefits of international relations from the tragic attack. To what extent is 9/11 responsible for warmer relations between Moscow and Washington? Is the new partnership meeting the expectations of the Bush and Putin administrations and their domestic constituencies? What obstacles could potentially derail the relationship in the next year or two?
  • The Chinese government has, since 1979, pursued a strategy that aimed at perpetuating the rule of the Community Party through market-oriented reforms. Over the last 23 years, this strategy has yielded impressive results, as evidenced by China's explosive economic growth and continuation of one-party rule. Is this strategy sustainable?


  • 2007 Sam McCormally '07, Economics and Mathematics
  • 2002 Tamer Mahmoud '02, Politics and Economics

Have a Question Regarding this Fellowship?

Jennifer Seely
Assistant Professor of Politics and AAAS
(765) 983-1306

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