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Carnegie Endowment Junior Fellows Program*

Initial Bowdoin Deadline: November 12, 2013 (noon)
Campus Interview: November 22, 2013 (anticipated)
Final Bowdoin Deadline: January 13, 2014 (noon)
Web site: www.carnegieendowment.org
Campus Contact: Cindy Stocks, Director of Student Fellowships and Research

*Information derived from www.carnegieendowment.org

Description.
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:

  • Democracy
  • 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 StudiesExcellent 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.

Benefits.
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.

Eligibility.  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, related academic study and/or work experience, grades, recommendations, and personal interviews.

  • 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.
  • Applicants need not be a U.S. citizen if they attended a university located in the United States. However, all applicants must be eligible to work in the United States for a full 12 months from August 1 through July 31 following graduation. Students on F-1 visas who are eligible to work in the U.S. for the full year (August 1 through July 31) may apply for the program.
  • Applicants must have attended one of the approximately 400 participating schools. (Bowdoin is a participating school.)
  • Applicant should have a strong academic record. (Although there is no official GPA requirement, Carnegie Junior Fellows typically have GPAs in the range of 3.7 and higher.)

Bowdoin's Internal Selection Process. To obtain a Carnegie Endowment Junior Fellows Program application form interested students should contact Corey Colwill (ccolwill@bowdoin.edu) in the Office of Student Fellowships and Research after the third week in October, at which time the forms should be available. Applications for the Carnegie Endowment Junior Fellows Program are not available online.

Bowdoin is allowed to nominate two students annually to the Carnegie Endowment Junior Fellows Program. To be considered, applicants must submit the materials listed below to the Office of Student Fellowships and Research by the “Initial Bowdoin Deadline” (see above). Bowdoin’s Selection Committee will review these materials and those applicants determined to be most competitive will be contacted to schedule a campus interview. Based on these materials and the campus interview, the Committee will determine which students will receive Bowdoin’s nomination.

  • A completed Carnegie Endowment Junior Fellows Program application form
  • An essay (one page or less) on why the student would like to become a Junior Fellow
  • An essay of not more than three typewritten, double-spaced pages on one of the topics provided in the application form
  • Unofficial transcript (printed off of Bearings)
  • Current resume
  • The names of the two people who will be submitting letters of recommendation and their relationship to you
  • Signed and witnessed "Permission Form and Waiver"

The above items can be either hand-delivered to Corey Colwill in 113 Kanbar or emailed as PDFs to Corey Colwill (ccolwill@bowdoin.edu).  Either means of delivery is equally acceptable.

Materials for the Final Application. If you receive Bowdoin’s nomination, it is your responsibility to continue revising and collecting your materials and to secure your letters of recommendation by the relevant deadline. By the “Final Bowdoin Deadline,” each Bowdoin nominee must submit the items listed below to the Office of Student Fellowships and Research, which will send all materials directly to the program for further consideration.

  • Application form
  • Essay (one page or less) on why the student would like to become a Junior Fellow.
  • 1 – 2 page resume (including telephone number, address, extra-curricular activities and work experience).
  • Two recommendations, at least one of which should be from a professor of the student’s major department.
  • Transcript of undergraduate records. The transcripts may be unofficial.
  • An essay of not more than three typewritten, double-spaced pages on one of the topics provided in the application form. These topics are intended to test skills in analysis, logic, and written expression. The essay should be a thought piece, not a research paper. Students should submit an essay related to their primary research 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.  Students should indicate their name on each page of their essay.


More about the Selection Process. The application process is highly competitive. Approximately 5% of the applicants are ultimately selected for positions. The Carnegie Endowment’s Selection Committee chooses approximately 25 applicants for interview. Those not selected for interviews will be notified during the month of February. “Finalists” are interviewed in February or early March and will be notified of selection/non-selection no later than March 31. Applicants are judged on the quality of the written essay, related academic study and/or work experience, grades, recommendations, and personal interviews.