Each year the James C. Gaither Junior Fellows Program (formerly the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace) offers ten to twelve junior fellowships to qualified graduating seniors and those who have graduated during the past academic year. Junior Fellows work for one year in the Endowment's offices in Washington, D.C., where they have the opportunity to assist associates in research for books, co-author journal articles and policy papers, participate in meetings with high-level officials, contribute to Congressional testimony, and organize briefings for scholars, journalists, and government officials.
Junior Fellows receive a stipend of $37,000, plus a full benefits package, for the fellowship year, which begins on August 1.
To be eligible, an applicant must be a current senior at (or have graduated within 12 months) from one of nearly 400 U.S. colleges and universities invited to submit nominees to the program. Those who have already begun graduate study are not eligible. U.S. citizenship is not required, but non-U.S. citizens must be eligible for work in the U.S. for a full twelve months from August 1 through July 31 following graduation.
The application process is highly competitive. Applications from nominees are evaluated based on the quality of the written essay, related academic study and/or work experience, academic performance, letters of recommendation, and personal interviews.
University nomination: Columbia University may nominate two eligible candidates for consideration each year. Students in (and recent graduates from) Columbia College, the School of Engineering and Applied Science, and the School of General Studies are eligible. Please note: the internal campus competition places students into consideration for nomination. Students may not apply directly to the Junior Fellows Program without having first been nominated.
Meet Columbia's most recent Junior Fellows: Jonah Belser '16CC (Political Science); Catherine Bentivoglio '13CC (Political Science and Middle Eastern, South Asian, and African Studies); Yusuf Ahmad ’12CC (Anthropology)