The James C. Gaither Junior Fellows Program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace offers a substantive work experience for students committed to a career in international affairs. Following applications and interviews, approximately 12-14 students are hired to work as research assistants at Carnegie in Washington, DC for a period of one year. Advanced proficiency in one or more foreign languages is essential; facility with research methodologies (including, for example, statistical inquiry) is important as well.


Gaither Junior Fellows are hired for a period of one year, with fellowships beginning August 1.

Salary and Housing

Positions are paid, full-time positions for one year. The current salary is $1,750.00 per semi-monthly pay period ($42,000 per year). A full benefits package is also provided. Gaither Junior Fellows are responsible for their own housing arrangements.

Areas of Application

Applicants should consult the Carnegie website for current areas of focus. Recent research programs include: Asia (including China and Japan programs), Democracy and Rule of Law, Europe, Geoeconomics and Strategy, Middle East, Nuclear Policy, Russia and Eurasia, South Asia, or Technology and International Affairs.

Conditions of Eligibility

  • US citizenship is NOT required for this program.
  • You are a graduating senior or recent alum within one year of graduation. (If you have already started a graduate program you are not eligible to apply.)
  • You have foreign language competency or even fluency.
  • If you applied in your senior year, you are allowed to apply again the following year provided you meet the other eligibility criteria.

UT Austin may nominate up to two (2) students for consideration. The internal UT selection due date is January 3, 2022 by 5 PM. Please email if you are considering an application