Carnegie Endowment Junior Fellows

The Carnegie Endowment for International Peace is a private, nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing cooperation between nations and promoting active international engagement by the United States. Founded in 1910, its work is nonpartisan and dedicated to achieving practical results. 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. They are selected from a pool of nominees from close to 400 participating colleges. Carnegie Junior Fellows work as research assistants to the Endowment’s senior associates in one of the Endowment’s program areas. The current project areas are:
Nuclear Policy
Energy and Climate
Middle East Studies—Native or near-native Arabic language skills essential.
South Asian Studies—Strong background in international relations, strategy and military issues, comparative politics, and/or international political economy is essential. Quantitative data manipulation skills essential (fluency in R, SPSS, or Stata a plus). Note: Foreign Language skills not required.
China Studies (Asia Program)—Mandarin Chinese reading skills a huge plus
Japan Studies (Asia Program)—Japanese language skills required
Southeast Asian Studies (Asia Program)—Background in politics and economics of the region and knowledge of quantitative techniques a plus
Economics (Asia Program)—Mandarin Chinese reading skills a huge plus
Russian and Eurasian Studies—Excellent Russian language skills required.

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.

Carnegie Fellowships are one-year (August 1 through July 31) full-time, paid positions. Junior Fellows are currently paid a gross salary of $3,000 per month ($36,000 per year) subject to federal, state and local taxes. A generous benefits package is provided, including medical, dental and life insurance as well as vacation leave. Junior Fellows are responsible for their own housing arrangements.

Fulbright Scholarships

The Fulbright U.S. Student Program aims to increase mutual understanding between the peoples of the United States and other countries through the exchange of persons, knowledge and skills. Two types of grant are available for graduating seniors and recent graduates: the English Teaching Assistantship or the Study/Research Grant.

English Teaching Assistants (ETA) help teach English language skills while serving as cultural ambassadors for U.S. culture. The grants are offered in about 70 countries; applicants may apply to only one country. The ages of classroom students range from elementary school to university. Grantees are encouraged to engage with the local community, improve their own language skills, and promote cross-cultural understanding. See the Country Profiles for details on placements, responsibilities and opportunities for research or coursework.

Study/Research Grants are the traditional Fulbright awards and offer flexibility to conduct study and/or research in one country for an academic year. Applicants for these grants design their own projects and usually must secure an affiliation in the host country at the time of application. Projects may include university coursework, independent library, lab or field research, classes in a music conservatory or art school, special projects in the social or life sciences, or a combination. Program requirements vary by country and are described in the Country Profiles. Proposals should explain how the project will help promote mutual understanding between nations.

Fulbright grants generally provide round-trip transportation; maintenance for the academic year; supplemental health and accident coverage; possible tuition assistance and language/orientation programs; and book or research allowance as appropriate.

Marshall Scholarship

Marshall Scholarships finance young Americans of high ability to study for a degree in the United Kingdom. Up to 40 Scholars are selected each year to study at graduate level at an UK institution in any field of study. As future leaders, with a lasting understanding of British society, Marshall Scholars will strengthen the enduring relationship between the British and American peoples, their governments and their institutions. Marshall Scholars are talented, independent and wide-ranging, and their time as Scholars enhances their intellectual and personal growth. Their direct engagement with Britain through its best academic programs contributes to their ultimate personal success.  The objectives of the Marshall scholarships are:

  • To enable intellectually distinguished young Americans, their country’s future leaders, to study in the UK.
  • To help Scholars gain an understanding and appreciation of contemporary Britain.
  • To contribute to the advancement of knowledge in science, technology, the humanities and social sciences and the creative arts at Britain’s centers of academic excellence.
  • To motivate Scholars to act as ambassadors from the USA to the UK and vice versa throughout their lives thus strengthening British American understanding.
  • To promote the personal and academic fulfillment of each Scholar.

The award covers university fees, cost of living expenses, annual book grant, thesis grant, research and daily travel grants, fares to and from the United States and, where applicable, a contribution towards the support of a dependent spouse.  Therefore, the total value of a Marshall Scholarship varies a little according to the circumstances of each Fellow (subject area, place of residence, marital status, etc.), but averages about £23,000 a year. Please see the Web site for complete details.

Mitchell Scholarship

The Mitchell Scholars Program is a national competitive fellowship sponsored by the US-Ireland Alliance. The Mitchell Scholars Program, named to honor former U.S. Senator George Mitchell’s pivotal contribution to the Northern Ireland peace process, is designed to introduce and connect generations of future American leaders to the island of Ireland, while recognizing and fostering intellectual achievement, leadership, and a commitment to public service and community. Up to 12 Mitchell Scholars between the ages of 18 and 30 are chosen annually for one year of postgraduate study in any discipline offered by institutions of higher learning in Ireland and Northern Ireland. Applicants are judged on three criteria: scholarship, leadership, and a sustained commitment to community and public service.

Mitchell Scholarships support one year of graduate study in any discipline offered by an institution of higher learning in Ireland or Northern Ireland. The Mitchell Scholarship provides tuition, accommodations, a living expenses stipend, and an international travel stipend.

Rhodes Scholarship

The Rhodes Scholarships, the oldest international educational fellowships, were initiated after the death of Cecil Rhodes in 1902, and bring outstanding students from many countries around the world to the University of Oxford. American Rhodes Scholars are selected through a decentralized process by which regional selection committees choose 32 Scholars each year representing the fifty states. Applicants from more than 300 American colleges and universities have been selected as Rhodes Scholars.

Extraordinary intellectual distinction is a necessary but not a sufficient condition for election to a Rhodes Scholarship. Selection committees are charged to seek excellence in qualities of mind and in qualities of person which, in combination, offer the promise of effective service to the world in the decades ahead. The Rhodes Scholarships, in short, are investments in individuals rather than in project proposals. Accordingly, applications are sought from talented students without restriction as to their field of academic specialization or career plans although the proposed course of study must be available at Oxford, and the applicant’s undergraduate program must provide a sufficient basis for study in the proposed field.

All educational costs, such as matriculation, tuition, laboratory and certain other fees, are paid on the Scholar’s behalf by the Rhodes Trustees. Each Scholar receives in addition a maintenance allowance adequate to meet necessary expenses for term-time and vacations. The Rhodes Trustees cover the necessary costs of travel to and from Oxford. Election to the Scholarship is normally for two or three years, depending upon the degree program pursued by the Scholar. A Scholarship, including required University and college fees and a stipend for living expenses, may be renewed, at the complete discretion of the Rhodes Trustees, for a third year for those pursuing a doctoral degree and whose progress is deemed satisfactory. In some instances a fourth year may also be supported.