The Center for Life Beyond Reed

Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, James C. Gaither Junior Fellows Program: Internal Application Instructions

The Carnegie-Gaither program application usually opens in early-mid October. When they open the application, they will release the listing of which of their projects are hiring junior fellows through this cycle and will also provide the subject specific essay topics and any language requirements. Before applying internally spend some time on the Carnegie website to get a sense of the different research projects and the kind of work that they do.

As a program for which Reed College plays an endorsing role, there is a two-tiered application process. The first stage is to apply by the internal application deadline. Fellowships staff in the Center for Life Beyond Reed will review applications and select up to three nominees. If your application is nominated, you would then complete the application process with assistance from CLBR Fellowships by the external deadline in early January.

Internal Application Deadline

November 29th, 2023, at 12:00 PM noon

Application Steps

Application materials, letter of recommendation, and the waiver form, are all required for the internal application.

Carnegie Junior Fellows Program Application Materials

Download and read this year's program bulletin and FAQ. This is where you'll find the list of programs or projects for this year, and the additional requirements for each program, if any. Then review the list of this year's questions or topics for each program. There's nothing to submit in this step, but you'll need this information.

Application Materials

Please submit the following items as pdf documents to as attachments to your email:

  1. A document listing the following information:

    • Your name.

    • Name of the program to which you're applying, along with the text of the prompt from the application materials.

    • Languages: list up to five languages you know, along with your proficiency level (basic, intermediate, advanced, or native/near native).

  2. An essay (personal statement) of one page or less, double-spaced, on why you would like to become a junior fellow.

  3. Resume/C.V. (preferably 1-2 pages).

  4. Your Reed transcript (you can request one for free via these instructions).

  5. An essay of no more than three typewritten, double-spaced pages on one of the program topics or questions. These topics are intended to test skills in analysis, logic, and written expression. The essays should be analytical thought pieces, not research papers. Students should submit an essay related to their primary research program interests, although the James C. Gaither Junior Fellows Program may ultimately select an applicant for a program outside of his/her designated primary interest or make an assignment to more than one program.

Letters of Recommendation

We will need one internal letter of recommendation from anyone whom the applicant feels can best speak to their abilities as a potential James C. Gaither Junior Fellow to be sent to by the internal application deadline. The letter writer should be able to speak directly to the applicant’s ability to write and support research projects. Make sure to give your recommender several weeks notice and read our guidance on requesting letters of recommendation.

Note that if you are nominated, you will need two letters of recommendation for the final application.


You will need to complete this online waiver form as the final step in submitting your internal application.

Waiver Form

Applicants submitting application materials electronically by email will generally receive a confirmation within 24 hours. If you do not receive a confirmation during this time, please follow up with the Center for Life Beyond Reed at to ensure that the application was successfully submitted.

Next Steps

Nomination decisions should be communicated within one to two weeks of the internal deadline.

If you are nominated, you should continue work on your essays, and let your recommenders know that you'll need a final recommendation letter from them. Final recommendation letters will be due directly to CLBR via prior to the national deadline in early January. CLBR will let you know when final materials are needed, and we'll submit your final application for you in Carnegie's online application system.

If you are selected as a finalist, there will be a phone/video interview.

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