James C. Gaither Junior Fellows Program


Requires campus nomination and must be submitted through the Fellowships Office.

The James C. Gaither Junior Fellows Program provides an opportunity for approximately 12 students who desire careers in international affairs to have a substantive one-year working experience in Washington, D.C. Junior Fellows work as research assistants to scholars working at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.


Open to graduating seniors who are U.S. citizens or eligible to work in the U.S. Applicants can be from any major; however, students need a strong interest in careers related to international affairs/foreign policy. Applicants are also expected to have significant writing and research experience.

Award Benefits

$2500 monthly salary and benefits (health & life insurance and vacation time)


Due to the limited number of students the program can accept, the program requires that all applicants be nominated by their university and that universities nominate no more than two (or three if at least one of those three applicants is from a historically underrepresented group). Applicants must be graduating seniors or students who have completed their bachelor’s degree within the past academic year. No one will be considered who has started graduate studies (except those who have recently completed a joint masters/bachelors program).

To be considered for one of the University of Missouri-Columbia’s two to three campus nominations, please email fellowships@missouri.edu.