Carnegie Junior Fellows Program

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Carnegie Endowment

History and Purpose

The Carnegie Endowment for International Peace is the oldest international affairs think tank in the United States. Founded in 1910 by Andrew Carnegie with a gift of $10 million, its charter was to “hasten the abolition of war, the foulest blot upon our civilization.” While that goal was always unattainable, the Carnegie Endowment has remained faithful to the mission of advancing cooperation between nations and promoting active international engagement by the United States. In 2007, a plan to create the world’s first global think tank was launched. Today, the Endowment staffs centers in Europe, Asia, and the Middle East, as well as in the US. The Carnegie Endowment is known for excellence in scholarship, responsiveness to changing global circumstances, and a commitment to concrete improvements in public policy. 

Description of the Carnegie Junior Fellows Program

Each year the endowment offers approximately ten one-year fellowships to uniquely qualified graduating seniors and alums within one year after their graduation. These “junior fellows” are selected from a pool of nominees from close to 400 participating colleges. Junior fellows are matched with senior associates – academics, former government officials, lawyers, and journalists from around the world – to work on a variety of international affairs issues at the think tank in Washington, DC. Current ongoing research projects include: nuclear policy; democracy building; energy and climate; international economics; international security; Middle East studies; South Asian politics; Southeast Asian politics; Asia related issues; and Russian and Eurasian affairs. Junior Fellows may conduct research for books, participate in meetings, contribute to congressional testimony, and organize briefings attended by scholars, journalists, and government officials. The program is designed to provide a substantive work experience for students who have a serious career interest in the area of international affairs. All fellowships begin on August 1st and last approximately one year, with a salary of $36,000.00 and a full benefits package.  Learn more on the Carnegie Endowment Junior Fellows page.

Global Eligibility

Eligibility Requirements and Rules for Nomination

 Applicants must have/be:

  • graduating seniors or graduates within the last year who have not begun graduate study
  • of any citizenship
  • eligible to work in the US from August 1 through July 31 following graduation. Students on F-1 visas who are eligible to work in the US for the full year may apply
  • able to demonstrate strong writing, mathematic, or language skills in accordance with the fellowship position to which they are applying
  • able to demonstrate through essays, related academic study and work/internship experience, grades, recommendations, and personal interviews that they are prepared to do research in the chosen program
  • be nominated by Mount Holyoke College; MHC may nominate up to two candidates per year

How to apply

Applications are not available from the website. They are sent to the fellowships advisor in early October. Students who wish to apply for the Carnegie must request an application from Fellowships Advisor Christine Overstreet, and work with her on preparing the application which Christine then submits to the Committee on Fellowships. The Committee, comprised of four faculty members and chaired by the Dean of Studies, reviews applications, interviews each candidate, and decides which candidates will be nominated. The two nominees will then revise their application materials as suggested, and submit them to Christine who will then send them to the Carnegie Endowment. Fellowships Senior Administrative Assistant Marianne Taylor  maintains records, schedules appointments, and co-facilitates the application process.

Application components

  • application form - a one-page document where the candidate lists biographical data, her choice of research program, language proficiency, availability (for interviews and work), and graduation date.
  • Essay #1 Personal Statement (1 page or less, double spaced) on why the candidate wishes to become a junior fellow
  • 1-2 page resume
  • Two recommendation letters
  • Transcript of undergraduate records (may be unofficial; fellowships advisor can access the MHC transcript but all others – study abroad or summer study – must be ordered and sent to fellowships office
  • Essay #2 Issues Essay (no more than three double-spaced pages) on one of the topics listed in the application. Topics are intended to test skills in analysis, logic, and written expression. As such they are thought pieces, not research papers. Students should choose the topic related to their primary research interest, although Carnegie reserves the right to make an assignment to a different program or to more than one program. Prior to the October release of each year’s application, students may consult with Christine to learn what questions were posed in previous years.

Campus Process and Checklist

Please note that for all deadlines, submission time is 12:00 noon

Timeframe Task(s) to Complete
By August/Early September Notify Fellowships Advisor (FA) of interest; meet or Skype to discuss candidacy
  Make the Carnegie Endowment website a “favorite,” and read regularly about research, opinions, events and research associates in your field
  Ask two faculty members in your field of interest to recommend you
Early October Pick up application and essay questions from FA
By November 15 Submit application, essays, and all related materials to FA
  Faculty recommendations due to FA (electronically submission as a word doc is fine for this stage)
November 21-26 Interview with Committee on Fellowships – selections are made following interviews; FA notifies; two chosen nominees then continue with process
By January 6 Nominees submit final application materials to FA; can be electronic if good scan is possible
  Recommendation letters on letterhead , signed, due to FA; can send scanned versions
February - March Carnegie Selection Committee interviews 3-4 applicants per position in Washington, DC
By March 31 Decisions are made and candidates notified
August 31 Fellowships begin!