Carnegie Junior Fellows Program (rising seniors & alumnae)

Campus application deadline: ​extended to 11:30 pm on December 7, 2020

The James C. Gaither Junior Fellows Program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace is designed to provide a substantive work experience for students who have a serious career interest in the area of international affairs. Approximately 12 students will be hired to work at the Carnegie Endowment in Washington, DC, on a full-time basis for one year. Junior Fellows provide research assistance to associates working on the Endowments projects, which include nuclear non-proliferation, democracy building, Middle East political reform, trade and environment, economics, international security, South Asian politics, and Chinese, Russian, and Eurasian affairs.

Learn more about the Junior Fellows Program and about the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace via their website. You can even sign up to receive weekly emails from the Carnegie Endowment to help you keep up with current research and timely articles and opinion pieces.



Who is eligible?

  • Graduating seniors or alumnae who have graduated during the last academic year;
  • Those who have not yet begun graduate studies; and
  • Those eligible to work in the United States for a full twelve months (August 1st through July 31st) following graduation. (International students at Wellesley who have a year, or nearly a year of OPT available are eligible.)

What makes a strong applicant for this fellowship?

  • A high-quality written essay;
  • Significant related academic study and/or work experience;
  • A competitive academic record; and
  • Strong letters of recommendation and personal interviews.

How do I apply?

Wellesley College applicants for the Carnegie’s James C. Gaither Junior Fellows Program must first apply for Wellesley’s nomination. Wellesley may typically nominate no more than two candidates to go forward to the national competition each year.  Having read through the information available online about the program, interested applicants are very welcome to drop in online or in person to Fellowship Pop-Up Advising (details via Career Education events listings), or to make an appointment with Kate Dailinger, Director of Fellowship Programs, online through Handshake.

Application checklist

☐ Two letters of reference (at least one from a faculty member who has taught you in a relevant course or supervised relevant academic research; one letter might be from the supervisor of a relevant internship). Please give your recommenders this link to allow them to submit their letters (should they have any difficulty with the link, please ask them to email their letters to

Before the campus application deadline, submit the following materials via Wellesley’s online form, here:
☐ Carnegie application form (the official Carnegie application materials for the 2021-22 competition are now available here)

☐ Personal Statement

☐ Curriculum vitae or Resume

☐ Topic Essay (the official Carnegie application material, including placements and essay topics, for the 2021-22 competition are now available here)

☐ An unofficial Wellesley grade report, and at least unofficial copies of any other relevant college/university transcripts (e.g. transfer or study abroad)

Wellesley Fellowships office signature document (please print, sign & date this form, then submit a scanned pdf or other image of the signed document along with your application materials)


Application timeline

Early October
Application materials sent to nominating officials at each participating college or university.

Early October to mid-November
Prospective should drop in to Fellowship Pop-Ups (see our Events listings for details), and/or book a Fellowships advising appointment via Handshake, to discuss the application process, and begin to write their essays, request letters of recommendation, and compile application materials.

Campus application deadline: 11:30 pm on December 7, 2020

  • Request that your letters of reference be submitted via this link ideally by this date (should they have any difficulty with the link, please ask them to email their letters to
  • Submit your application materials (see checklist above) via Wellesley’s online form, here.

The campus committee reads applications and occasionally interviews shortlisted applicants before selecting nominees. Nominees will have the benefit of advice from the committee as they finalize their application materials in advance of the national deadline in January.

Nominated applications will be forwarded by Wellesley’s campus representative to the Carnegie Endowment.

February to early March
Selected applicants will be interviewed.

Late March
The Program will select and notify the final candidates for the Carnegie Junior Fellows Program.


Email or call Caitlin Roberts-Donovan at 781.283.2347.