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James C. Gaither Fellowship

Overview and Introduction

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. 

Each year the James C. Gaither Junior Fellows Program offers 8-10 one-year fellowships ($45,000 salary plus benefits). Candidates are nominated from close to 400 participating colleges. 

Gaither Junior Fellows work as research assistants to the Endowment's senior associates. Those who have begun graduate studies are not eligible for consideration. 


  • Academics: Strong academic credentials and co-curricular involvement in areas relevant to application.
  • Citizenship: No requirement. 
  • Degree-Level: Graduating seniors or recent alums within one year of graduation.
  • Other: Foreign language competency or fluency is required for some project areas. 

Application Deadlines

  • Campus Deadline: First Monday of December by 12:00 noon. 
  • Endorsement: This scholarship requires U-M endorsement. Applications are submitted directly to ONSF. Refer to Canvas for details. 
  • Finalist Interviews: Invited in February.
  • Selection Notification: By March 31st. 


Prospective Applicants

Prospective applicants are encouraged to join the U-M Nominated Scholarships Canvas site for an overview of the application, program requirements, additional advising information, and more.  

Application Summary

Beinecke applicants should refer to the ONSF Canvas site for detailed instructions. 

  1. Two letters of recommendation 
  2. 1-page personal statement 
  3. 2-page resume
  4. 3-page essay
  5. U-M Transcript

Note: All fellowships begin on August 1st. James C. Gaither Junior Fellows are hired for approximately one year.