The Carnegie Endowment for International Peace is a unique global network of policy research centers in Russia, China, Europe, the Middle East, India and the United States. Our mission, dating back more than a century, is to advance the cause of peace through analysis and development of fresh policy ideas and direct engagement and collaboration with decision-makers in government, business and civil society. Working together, our centers bring the inestimable benefit of multiple national viewpoints to bilateral, regional and global issues. 

The James C. Gaither Junior Fellows Program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace is designed to provide a substantive work experience for students who have a serious career interest in the area of international affairs. Approximately 12-14 students will be hired to work as employees at Carnegie in Washington, D.C. on a full-time basis for a period of one year.

Gaither Junior Fellows provide research assistance to scholars working on Carnegie Endowment projects. They have the opportunity to conduct research, contribute to op-eds, papers, reports and books, edit documents, participate in meetings with high-level officials, contribute to congressional testimony and organize briefings attended by scholars, activists, journalists and government officials.

General Eligibility

Please see the program website for specific eligibility requirements.

Applicants must be nominated by an official of their university or institution who has been designated for this purpose; at Davidson College, Gaylena Merritt, Associate Director for Fellowships & Experiential Learning, is the nominating official.

  • Class year: Graduating college seniors or individuals who have graduated within the past academic year. No one will be considered who has started graduate studies (except those who have recently completed a joint bachelor’s/master’s degree program).
  • Citizenship: Candidates need not be U.S. citizens if they attend a university located in the United States. However, all applicants must be eligible to work in the United States for a full twelve months from approximately August 1 through July 31 following graduation. Students on F-1 visas who are eligible to work in the United States for the full year may apply for the program.

Other eligibility guidelines:

  • Applicants should have completed a significant amount of course work related to their discipline of interest. Language and other skills may also be required for certain assignments. The selection process for the program is very competitive. Accordingly, applicants should be of high academic quality.
  • Qualifications for Gaither Junior Fellows may vary by program. Please review the campus nomination application materials for program requirements and more details on what each program is looking for.

Application Process

Davidson Gaither Fellow candidates must apply first through the campus nomination application process during the fall semester. Davidson will select up to two nominees for the Gaither program; nominees will coordinate with Davidson’s designated nominating official to submit final application materials to the Gaither Junior Fellows program. The Gaither Junior Fellows program will not consider direct applications. 

The campus nomination application process and resources are available in the Gaither Fellowships Toolkit article (Handshake login required). Interested candidates are strongly encouraged to contact Davidson’s nominating official, Gaylena Merritt, Associate Director for Fellowships & Experiential Learning, as soon as possible to discuss their candidacy.

Learn More

For more information, contact the Fellowships and Scholarships Program at, or schedule a Fellowships & Scholarships advising appointment with Gaylena Merritt, Associate Director for Fellowships & Experiential Learning, through Handshake (login required).

Davidson Gaither Junior Fellows

2018 - Anmar Jerjees

2012 - Alexandra Francis