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 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. There's no particular need to think about this over the summer, except, perhaps, to 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 to the Reed Faculty Committee on Fellowships and Awards. If your application is endorsed by the committee, you would then complete the application process directly with the program administrators.

Internal Application Deadline

November 4th, 2020 at 12:00 PM PST

Application Steps

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

Application Materials

Please submit the following items to by email:

  1. One or two page resume that includes extracurricular activities and work experience.

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

  3. An essay of no more than three typewritten, double-spaced pages on one of the topics from the application packet (link is below). 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.

  4. A one-page double-spaced essay on why you would like to become a junior fellow.

  5. Completed Carnegie Endowment application form, found within the application packet

Download the application packet here.

Letters of Recommendation

We will need two informal letters of recommendation from anyone the student feels can best speak to their abilities as a potential James C. Gaither Junior Fellow to be sent to by the internal application deadline.


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

The Reed fellowships and awards committee will meet the week after the internal deadline, and selection decisions should be communicated by the end of that week.

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

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

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