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* Application materials for the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace James C. Gaither Junior Fellows Program are now available from our university nominating official, Dr. Karen Rauch, Associate Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

All application materials for the national fellowship must be submitted in one complete packet to Dr. Rauch, Graduate Center 210. All materials should be hard copy, please; no electronic submissions accepted. The Kutztown University deadline is December 21, 2018. Each packet must contain:
1) Application form.
2) Essay (one page or less, double-spaced) on why the student would like to become a junior fellow.
3) Resume of 1-2 pages.
4) Two letters of recommendation. These recommendations can come from anyone the student feels can best speak to their abilities as a potential Gaither Junior Fellow.
5) Transcript of undergraduate records. The transcript may be unofficial.
6) An essay of no more than three (3) typewritten, double-spaced pages on one of the topics listed 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, although the Carnegie Endowment may ultimately select an applicant for a program outside of his/her designated primary interest or make an assignment to more than one program.

For more information about the Junior Fellows Program, see This year's topics are:   

  • Democracy, Conflict, and Governance
  • U.S. Foreign Policy and Diplomacy-The Junior Fellow will support Ambassador William J. Burns, president of the Carnegie Endowment, on research and writing that seeks to shape American diplomacy. Applicants should have coursework in U.S. foreign policy, broad-gauged regional interests, an interest in policy analysis and formulation, and superb writing skills.
  • Nuclear Policy
  • Cyber Policy
  • Energy and Climate
  • Middle East Studies-Strong reading fluency and the ability to do academic as well as online research in Arabic essential. Strong background in Middle East politics and/or history is a huge plus.
  • South Asia Studies-A strong academic background in international relations theory, political theory, or international political economy is essential, along with an interest in military issues. The ability to perform quantitative data manipulation is required and a strong mathematical background is a plus.
  • China Studies (Asia Program)-Mandarin Chinese reading skills a huge plus.
  • Japan Studies (Asia Program)-Japanese reading skills required.
  • Economics (Asia Program)-Mandarin Chinese reading skills a huge plus. Strong background in economics essential.
  • Russia and Eurasia Studies-Excellent Russian reading skills required.
  • Geoeconomics and Strategy

Kutztown University may nominate two students. Anyone interested in more information is invited to visit the Carnegie website or to contact Dr. Rauch at