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Carnegie Endowment for International Peace: Junior Fellows Program

Carnegie Endowment Junior Fellowship:  The application deadline for the 2011-2012 academic year is DECEMBER 16.

To request the application contact the Hunter College Representative: Myrna Fader, Office of Advising Services email: All materials should be submitted to Ms. Fader by Dec. 16. Hunter College will nominate up to two candidates and submit their materials prior to Carnegie's Jan. 13th deadline.
For questions about the program, contact Prof. C. Roberts, Political Science, email:

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. As one of the world’s leading think tanks specializing in international affairs, the Endowment conducts programs of research, discussion, publication and education. The Junior Fellows Program at the Carnegie Endowment is designed to provide a substantive work experience for students who have a serious career interest in the area of international affairs. Approximately 8-10 students will be hired to work at the Carnegie Endowment in Washington, DC on a full-time basis for a period of one year.

Junior Fellows provide research assistance to scholars working on the Carnegie Endowment's projects: nuclear policy, democracy building, energy and climate issues, international economics, international security, Middle East studies, South Asian politics, Southeast Asian politics, Asia and China-related issues, and Russian and Eurasian affairs. Junior Fellows have the opportunity to conduct research for books, participate in meetings with high-level officials, contribute to congressional testimony and organize briefings attended by scholars, activists, journalists and government officials.

QUALIFICATIONS: Applicants must be nominated by an official of their university who has been designated for this purpose (usually the career placement officer or academic department chairperson). Applications are accepted only from graduating college seniors or individuals who have graduated within the past academic year. No one will be considered who has started graduate studies. Applicants should have completed a significant amount of course work in international affairs, political science, economics, history, Russian, Chinese or Middle East studies. Language and other skills may also be required for certain assignments. The selection process for the Junior Fellows Program is very competitive. Accordingly, applicants should be of high academic quality.

APPLICATION PROCESS: All application materials must be received by your college representative by the application deadline. Applicants should consult their designated nominating official concerning nominations, since no university is permitted to nominate more than two students each year. Finalists in the selection process will be invited for personal interviews in the spring. Selection decisions will be made no later than March 31st.

DURATION: All fellowships begin on August 1, 2012. Junior Fellows are hired for a period of approximately one year.

SALARY AND HOUSING: The monthly salary is $3,000.00 (equivalent to $36,000 annually) subject to federal, state and local taxes. A generous benefits package is provided, including medical, dental and life insurance as well as vacation leave. Junior Fellows are responsible for their own housing arrangements.

All of the following must be received via the designated nominating official before the application deadline:

  • Application form.
  • Essay (one page or less, double-spaced) on why the student would like to become a junior fellow.
  • 1-2 page resume.
  • Two recommendations.
  • Transcript of undergraduate records. The transcript may be unofficial.
  • An essay of no more than three (3) typewritten, double-spaced pages on one of the following topics. These topics are intended to test skills in analysis, logic, and written expression. The essays should be thought pieces, not research papers. Students should submit an essay related to their primary research program interests, although the Carnegie Endowment may ultimately select an applicant for a program outside of his/her designated primary interest or make an assignment to more than one program.

Applicants must respond to the question pertaining to the program to which they are applying.

  • A. Democracy Program. Public condemnations of human rights abuses, economic sanctions, and other forms of punishment and distancing are not effective ways to support democracy in autocratic countries. The United States should instead seek to promote evolutionary democratic change in dictatorships by supporting societal engagement, educational exchanges, diplomatic engagement, etc. Do you agree or disagree and why?
    Political Science background preferred.
  • B. Nuclear Policy Program. By the year 2015 do you think there will be more than the current nine countries with nuclear weapons? If so, which ones, and why? If not, why are people who fear this wrong?
  • C. Energy & Climate Program. With climate change an increasingly present reality, the need to reduce carbon emissions also mounts. One obvious strategy is to price carbon emissions at their externalized marginal cost to society. Yet, with a cap-and-trade bill politically off the table, and anti-tax sentiment in the nation’s capital running high, new taxes that increase consumer tax obligations are also not in favor. What are some options for moving forward with a domestic carbon pricing given these constraints, and how could they be structured to make them more acceptable across the political spectrum?
  • D. International Economics. In an increasingly globalized international economy, nations interact in many ways, though four arenas appear to be especially important: trade, financial flows, migration, and the global commons (e.g., climate change, fisheries in international waters, internet security, etc.). Pick any one of the above mentioned arenas and address the issues nations confront in maximizing the benefits from their interaction and the effectiveness of international coordination in the arena.
    Economics background required.
  • E. Middle East Program. The popular uprisings that have shaken the Arab world during 2011 have similar causes, but are likely to lead to different outcomes in each country. Discuss.
    Native or near-native Arabic language skills essential.
  • F. South Asia Program. What major consequences and repercussions will the rise of India have for regional security?
    Applicants should be comfortable with quantitative data manipulation as well as possess an interest in military issues.
  • G. Southeast Asia Program. China together with the more dynamic economies of Southeast Asia have performed exceptionally well despite the global financial crisis. Is this likely to persist even if there is a major recession in the U.S. and Europe? [Those interested in either the Southeast Asia Program or the Asia (China) Program should respond to the same question.]
  • G. Asia (China) Program. China together with the more dynamic economies of Southeast Asia have performed exceptionally well despite the global financial crisis. Is this likely to persist even if there is a major recession in the U.S. and Europe? [Those interested in either the Southeast Asia Program or the Asia (China) Program should respond to the same question.]
    Mandarin Chinese reading skills a huge plus.
  • H. Russia/Eurasia Program. The former Soviet region has been the focus of tensions between and among the United States, Europe and Russia for two decades, with hot button issues over trade, borders, citizenship, NATO and EU expansion, and “spheres of influence”. Focusing on one geographic or thematic area, what concrete steps can be taken by the key players to reduce tensions?
    Excellent Russian language skills required.

Questions concerning the above requirements and the Junior Fellows Program should be addressed to Ms. Fader if about the process or to the program's academic adviser: Prof. C. Roberts, Political Science,