Northeastern Deadline: 12/07/2016

Fellowship Deadline: 01/15/2016

Award Details

The Carnegie Endowment for International Peace is a foreign policy think-tank dedicated to advancing cooperation between nations and promoting active international engagement by the United States. Each year the Endowment offers 8-10 one-year fellowships to uniquely qualified graduating seniors and individuals who have graduated during the past academic year.

Junior Fellows provide research assistance to scholars working on the Carnegie Endowment programs.  Junior Fellows have the opportunity to conduct research for books, co-author journal articles and policy papers, participate in meetings with high-level officials, contribute to congressional testimony and organize briefings attended by scholars, journalists and government officials.

The Carnegie Endowment will be releasing the application on October 15th. Please contact for a copy of that document after this date.

Eligibility Criteria

Applicants must be graduating seniors or students who have graduated during the last academic year. No one who has started graduate studies is eligible for consideration. The Carnegie Endowment accepts applications only through participating universities via designated nominating officials.

If you graduated during the previous academic year and have not started graduate studies, you may apply through the university from which you graduated. There are no citizenship requirements, but you must be eligible to work in the United States.

All fellowships begin on August 1st. Junior Fellows are hired for approximately one year.

Selection Criteria

The application process is highly competitive.  Approximately 5% of applicants are ultimately selected for positions.  Applications are judged on:

  • The quality of the written essay.
  • Demonstrated interest in and completion of a significant amount of coursework and/or work experience in international affairs, political science, economics, history, or Russian, Chinese, Middle Eastern or South Asian Studies.
  • Grades, recommendations, and personal interviews.

Application Procedures

In order to be considered for the Carnegie Junior Fellowships, you must first be endorsed by Northeastern University.

To apply, please upload the following materials, minus your letters of recommendation, to Northeastern’s submission form by our internal deadline.

  1. A complete application. The Carnegie Endowment will be releasing the application on October 15th. Please contact the Office of Fellowships at for a copy of this document.
  2. A one-page essay on why you want to become a Carnegie Junior Fellow.
  3. An essay of no more than three typewritten, double-spaced pages on one policy question related to your primary research program interests.  The topics are intended to test skills in analysis, logic, and written expression. The topics will be provided by the Carnegie Foundation in October. You will be able to pick up these questions in our office at that time.
  4. A one to two page resume, detailing your work, community service, extracurricular experiences, and skills.
  5. An official transcript, submitted directly to the Office of Fellowships.
  6. Two letters of recommendation.  Please have your referees direct their letters “Dear Carnegie Endowment Junior Fellowship:” and address them using the contact information below. Recommenders should e-mail their letters, signed and on official letterhead, as PDFs to

Submit your materials, barring recommendations and transcript, to our internal application site. Applications will be reviewed by an on-campus committee. A select number of candidates will be invited to interview with the Northeastern nominating committee in December. Nominations will be made in January. Northeastern can only forward two candidates to the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.

Award Benefits

Positions are paid, full-time positions for one year. Junior fellows are currently paid a gross salary of $3,000.00 per month ($36,000 per year). A full benefits package is also provided.

On Campus Contact Information

Office of Undergraduate Research and Fellowships
450 Dodge Hall
360 Huntington Avenue
Northeastern University
Boston, MA 02115

Phone: 617.373.3202