Carnegie Endowment for International Peace’s Junior Fellows Program

The Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, one of the world’s leading think tanks specializing in international affairs, conducts programs of research, discussion, publication and education in international relations and U.S. foreign policy. The Junior Fellows Program at the Carnegie Endowment is designed to provide a substantive work experience for students and recent graduates who have a serious career interest in the area of international affairs.

Each year, 10-15 applicants are selected annually as Junior Fellows. These individuals work at the Carnegie Endowment on a full-time basis as paid research assistants for one year. Recent projects have involved democracy, nuclear policy, energy and climate, Middle East studies, Asian studies, Economics, and Russian studies.

Applications are judged on the quality of the written essay, related academic study and/or work experience, grades, recommendations, and personal interviews.

Application Details   Apply Now


You must meet the following eligibility requirements to apply for the Carnegie Junior Fellows Program:

  • Be eligible to work in the U.S. for one year (August 1 to July 31).
  • Be a U.S. citizen or attend a participating school in the U.S.
  • Be an undergraduate in your final year or an alum who graduated during the last academic year.
  • Have not initiated graduate coursework. (If you completed a joint bachelors/masters degree program, you may apply.)
  • Possess a competitive GPA (Most competitive applicants have a 3.6 GPA or higher)
  • Receive UNC’s endorsement through the Office of Distinguished Scholarships.

Application Deadline

Thursday, November 16, 2017 (5:00 pm ET)

Tips & Advice

Students interested in applying for the Carnegie Junior Fellows Program should:

  • Review the ODS “Tips & Advice” document for general advice on applying for a distinguished scholarship
  • Have completed a significant amount of coursework related to your discipline of interest (i.e., international affairs, political science, economics, history, or Russian studies). Language, quantitative data manipulation, and other skills may also be required for certain assignments.
  • Attend an ODS information session to learn more about the application process.
  • Applicants who would like feedback on their essay and resume are encouraged to submit drafts to ODS, preferably before the end of the summer or at least one week before the endorsement application deadline.