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Hutton Honors College

 — Indiana University

Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

Junior Fellows Program

IU Deadline: Friday, November 12, 2013

National Deadline: Materials must be received by the Endowment by January 15, 2014

The Carnegie Endowment for International Peace is a private, nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing cooperation between nationals and promoting active international engagement by the United States. As one of the world’s leading think tanks specializing in international affairs, the Endowment conducts programs of research, discussion and publication. The Junior Fellows Program at the Carnegie Endowment is designed to provide substantive work experience for students who have a serious career interest in the area of international affairs. 8-10 students will be hired to work at the Carnegie Endowment on a full-time basis for a period of one year.

ASSIGNMENTS: Junior Fellows provide research assistance to Associates working on Carnegie Endowment’s projects such as non-proliferation, democracy building, U.S. leadership, trade & environment, China-related issues and Russian and Eurasian affairs. Junior Fellows have the opportunity to conduct research for books and other publications, participate in meetings with high-level officials, contribute to congressional testimony and organize briefings attended by scholars, activists, journalists and government officials.

QUALIFICATIONS: Applicants must be nominated by an official of their university who has been designated for this purpose. [IU’s nominating official is Terri A. Greenslade, Assistant Dean for Academic Standards and Opportunities, Undergraduate Academic Affairs Office, Kirkwood Hall 012.] Applications are accepted only from graduating college seniors or individuals who have graduated within the past academic year. No one will be considered who has started graduate studies. Applicants should have completed a significant amount of course work in international affairs, political science, economics, history or Russian or Chinese studies. The selection process for the Junior Fellows Program is very competitive. Accordingly, applicants should be of high academic quality.

APPLICATION PROCESS: All application materials must be received by the Carnegie Endowment no later than January 15, 2014. Applicants should consult their designated nominating official concerning nominations, since no university is permitted to nominate more than two students each year. Finalists in the selection process will be invited for personal interviews in the spring. Selection decisions will be made no later than April 15th.

DURATION: All fellowships begin on August 1. Junior Fellows are hired for a period of approximately one year.

SALARY AND HOUSING: The monthly salary is $2,916.66 (equivalent to $35,000 annually) subject to federal, state and local taxes. Benefits include medical, dental, and life insurance as well as vacation leave. A $400 allowance (less taxes) will be given to individuals relocating to the Washington, DC, area. Junior Fellows are responsible for their own housing arrangements.

ALL of the following must be received no later than November 12, 2013.

  • Application Form
  • 1-2 page resume (must include telephone number, address, e-mail address, 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 (transcript may be unofficial).
  • Essay (one page) or less, on why the student would like to become a junior fellow.
  • An essay of no more than three typewritten, double-spaced pages on one of the following topics. These topics are not necessarily indicative of the issues that Junior Fellows will research at the Carnegie Endowment, but they are intended to test skills in analysis, logic and written expression. The essays should be thought pieces (similar to opinion editorials), not research papers.
  • Democracy promotion in the Middle East has become a goal of U.S. foreign policy. While the goal is desirable, it is extremely difficult to achieve. Discuss the major obstacles to a democratic transformation of the area. The current round of globalization has been underway for about 15 years, since the end of the Cold War. Enough time has passed that the empirical evidence of its effects is beginning to accumulate. How do you assess the impact of globalization on the world economy as a whole, on developing countries and regions, and on people living in poverty? The rise of China is arguably the greatest long-term strategic event facing the United States and much of the world. Why is China’s rise of concern to the United States, and what should the United States do to manage that rise in ways that best preserve U.S. interests? Is nuclear proliferation inevitable? Under President Putin, Russia has undergone substantial changes. What do you consider the most important in these changes, and how do you evaluate them? All of the above materials should be forwarded by the designated university official and received by the Carnegie Endowment by January 14.

    IU's nominating official is Terri A. Greenslade, Assistant Dean for Academic Standards and Opportunities, Undergraduate Academic Affairs Office, Kirkwood 012.

    Questions concerning the IU process should be directed to:
    Terri A. Greenslade
    Assistant Dean
    College of Arts and Sciences
    130 S. Woodlawn Ave.
    Kirkwood Hall 012
    Bloomington, IN 47405
    812.855.8245
    FAX: 812.855.2060


    Additional information is also available on the Carnegie Endowment Web site: http://www.carnegieendowment.org/about/index.cfm?fa=jrFellows.