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James C. Gaither Junior Fellows Program

The James C. Gaither Junior Fellows Program with the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace is a unique global network of policy research centers in Russia, China, Europe, the Middle East, and the United States. Their 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. Each year the endowment offers approximately 10-12 one-year James C. Gaither fellowships to uniquely qualified graduating seniors and individuals who have graduated during the past academic year. Junior fellows work as research assistants to the endowment's senior associates and are hired for approximately one year. Positions are paid, full-time, and include a benefits package. All fellowships begin on August 1st.

This program is designed for students seeking a career in international affairs as fellows are assigned to senior associates working on projects in the following areas:  democracy/rule of law, the Middle East, non-proliferation, trade and equity development, international economics, China related issues, Russian/Eurasian affairs, Central Asian affairs, South Asian affairs, energy and climate, and US role in the world. The application is only available through the Office of Academic Advising in early October. 


Applications are judged on the quality of the written essay, related academic study and/or work experience, grades, recommendations, and personal interviews.

Open to graduating seniors and individuals who have graduated during the past academic year and have not started graduate school.

Skidmore may nominate two applicants.

Application Years:

Recent graduates (one year after graduation)


Skidmore Deadline-December

See Dates and Deadlines page for details.

Skidmore Contact:

The Office of Academic Advising

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International Students:
You need not be a U.S. citizen if you 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 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 (August 1 through July 31) may apply for the program.