IUCARECompetitive Awards and Research

Upcoming deadlines/events:

Oct. 11 - Deadline for Gates Cambridge scholarship

Oct. 16 - Campus deadline for Luce scholarship

Oct. 16 - Campus deadline for DAAD scholarships

Nov. 1 - National deadline for Luce scholarship

Nov. 4 - National deadline for DAAD scholarship

Nov. 15 - National deadline for Critical Language Scholarship

James C Gaither Junior Fellows (aka Carnegie Junior Fellows)

Campus deadline: December 23, 2016

National deadline: January 13, 2017

Campus deadline is required for the internal submission process. Students interested in applying should notify campus nominating official, Paul Fogleman, in the Office of Competitive Awards and Research by email ( to express their interest. Campus application requirements provided below. 


Offers approximately 10-12 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. Fellows work as research assistants to the endowment's senior associates. Those who have begun graduate studies are not eligible for consideration. Full description of the program available at: James C Gaither Junior Fellows Program.

For the campus application stage, applicants must submit items 2 (personal statement essay), 3 (resume) and 6 (topic essay) from the list below and identify two people who could serve as recommenders. Send the essays and resume as Word documents by email and provide the names and titles of recommenders in the text of the email.  Send all materials to Paul Fogleman (

If nominated, a complete application will consist of

  1. Application form.
  2. An essay of one page or less, double-spaced on why the student would like to become a junior fellow.
  3. Resume/C.V. (preferably 1-2 pages)
  4. Two letters of recommendations. 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 James C. Gaither Junior Fellows Program may ultimately select an applicant for a program outside of his/her designated primary interest or make an assignment to more than one program.

2017 - 2018 Topics

  • Democracy and Rule of Law
  • Nuclear 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 Asian Studies—Applicants should be comfortable with quantitative data manipulation as well as possess an interest in military issues. A strong background in international relations theory, political theory, or international political economy is essential. A strong mathematical background is a plus. Note: foreign language skills are not required.
  • China Studies (Asia Program)—Mandarin Chinese reading skills a huge plus.
  • Japan Studies (Asia Program)—Japanese reading skills required.
  • Southeast Asian Studies (Asia Program)—Strong background in economics essential. Background in politics of the region and knowledge of quantitative techniques a plus.
  • Economics (Asia Program)—Mandarin Chinese reading skills a huge plus. Strong background in economics essential.
  • Russian and Eurasian Studies—Excellent Russian reading skills required.