IUCARECompetitive Awards and Research

Upcoming deadlines/events:


May 31 - Deadline for the Schwarzman scholarship China application system

Summer Conferences for Undergraduates:

Public Service - June 7 - Denver

Ethics and Practice - June 15 - DC

Public Trust and Public Policy - June 15 - Malibu

Social Justice in Public Service - June 22 - Los Angeles

Leadership, Sustainability, Equity in Urban Communities - July 20 - DC


James C Gaither Junior Fellows (aka Carnegie Junior Fellows)

Campus deadline: Monday January 8, 2018

National deadline: Monday January 15, 2018

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 12-14 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 and access to application form 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.

2018 - 2019 Topics

  • Democracy and Rule of Law
  • US Foreign Policy and Diplomacy
  • Nuclear Policy Program
  • Cyber Policy Initiative
  • Middle East Program
  • South Asian Studies
  • China Studies (Asia Program)
  • Japan Studies (Asia Program)
  • Economics (Asia Program)
  • Russian and Eurasian Studies
  • Geoconomics and Strategy Program