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

The monthly salary is $3,291.67 (equivalent to $39,500 annually) subject to federal, state and local taxes. Benefits are provided, including medical, dental and life insurance as well as vacation leave. Gaither Junior Fellows are responsible for their own housing arrangements.

Areas of Application

In past years, applicants have selected to apply within one of these areas: Democracy, Nuclear Policy, Energy and Climate, Middle East, South Asia, China Studies (Asia Program), Japan Studies (Asia Program), Southeast Asia Studies (Asia Program), Economics (Asia Program), and Russia/Eurasia.

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. If you are interested in applying to be a Gaither Junior Fellow, please contact Professor Douglas Bruster, coordinator of UT-Austin’s postbaccalaureate programs, Department of English B5000, PAR 220, (512) 471-3635, during the fall semester of your senior year.