Each year the James C. Gaither Junior Fellows Program offers ten to twelve junior fellowships to qualified graduating seniors and alumni/ae who have graduated during the past academic year. Junior Fellows work for one year in the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace 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.
Columbia University may nominate two eligible candidates for consideration each year. Students and alumni/ae of Columbia College, Columbia Engineering and the School of General Studies are eligible. 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.
Columbia students apply for nomination by clicking "Start Your Application" and completing all application materials before the internal deadline. Letters of recommendation should be submitted directly to firstname.lastname@example.org by the internal deadline.