Campus Deadline: December 20, 2021

National Deadline: January 14, 2022

Gaither Junior Fellows Program Webinar


The Carnegie Endowment for International Peace is a unique global network of policy research centers in Russia, China, Europe, the Middle East, and the United States.

Each year, through the James C. Gaither Junior Fellows program, the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace offers approximately 12-14 one-year fellowships to uniquely qualified graduating seniors and individuals who have graduated during the past academic year. They are selected from a pool of nominees nominated by several hundred participating universities and colleges. James C. Gaither Junior Fellows work as research assistants to Carnegie’s senior scholars.

Eligibility Criteria

Applicants must be graduating seniors or students who have graduated during the last academic year. Anyone who has started graduate studies is ineligible for consideration (except in cases where the student has completed a joint bachelor’s/master’s degree program).

You need not be a U.S. citizen if you attend a university located in the United States. However, all applicants must be eligible to work in the United States for a full twelve months from approximately August 1 through July 31 following graduation. Students on F-1 visas who are eligible to work in the United States for the full year may apply for the program.

Note: Candidates must be nominated by LMU. Students interested in applying should contact the Office of National & International Fellowships (ONIF) for more information about the application process. Contact person: Cassidy Alvarado, 310.338.3792,

Application Process

To be considered for nomination, students must submit a completed application by the campus deadline. In December, the LMU campus nominating committee reviews applications and endorses up to two nominees. Nominees will have the opportunity to revise their applications based on feedback from the campus committee. The Foundation deadline is January 15. Approximately three to four applicants per position are chosen for interviews. “Finalists” are interviewed in February and early March.

Campus Nomination Process

  • Attend ONIF's fall informational webinar
  • In October, request application materials from ONIF 
  • Submit application materials to ONIF. Components generally include:
    • Paper application form
    • One page or less, double spaced “Why do you want to be a GJF?” essay
    • 1-2 page Resume/C.V.
    • Unofficial transcript(s)
    • Two letters of recommendation
    • 3 pages or less, double spaced Project Assignment Essay

For official information on the Gaither Junior Fellows Program, which supersedes any information provided here, please visit the GJF website.


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