James C Gaither Junior Fellows Program/Carnegie Endowment

The James C. Gaither Junior Fellows Program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace is designed to provide a substantive work experience for students who have a serious career interest in the area of international affairs. Approximately 13 students will be hired to work as employees at Carnegie in Washington, DC on a full-time basis for a period of one year.


ASSIGNMENTS: Gaither Junior Fellows provide research assistance to scholars working within Carnegie’s programs, listed below. They have the opportunity to conduct research, contribute to op-eds, papers, reports, and books, edit documents, participate in meetings with high-level officials, contribute to congressional testimony and organize briefings attended by scholars, activists, journalists, and government officials

The Carnegie Endowment for International Peace is a global network of policy research centers in Russia, China, Europe, the Middle East, India, and the United States. We are more than 150 thinkers and doers from diverse disciplines and perspectives spread across more than twenty countries and six global centers working together as one network to advance international peace. In an increasingly crowded, chaotic, and contested world and marketplace of ideas, the Carnegie Endowment offers decision-makers global, independent, and strategic insight and innovative ideas that advance international peace.


Applicants must be nominated by an official of their university or institution who has been designated for this purpose (usually the career placement officer, fellowship advisor or an academic department chairperson). UCLA’s nominating department is Political Science: contact Alex Luong, aluong@polisci.ucla.edu.

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 (except those who have recently completed a joint bachelor’s/master’s degree program). Applicants should have completed a significant amount of coursework related to their discipline of interest. Language and other skills may also be required for certain assignments. The selection process for the program is very competitive. Accordingly, applicants should be of high academic quality. Qualifications for Gaither Junior Fellows may vary by program. Please review the bulletin for program requirements and more information on what each program is looking for.

APPLICATION PROCESS: UCLA can nominate three students each year. Please submit your application materials to our institutional representative by our campus deadline, December 17.

Required materials:

  • The application form.
  • An essay (personal statement) of one page or less, double-spaced on why the student would like to become a junior fellow.
  • Resume/C.V. (preferably 1-2 pages)
  • Two letters of recommendation. These recommendations can come from anyone the student feels can best speak to their abilities as a potential Gaither Junior Fellow.
  •  Transcript of undergraduate records. The transcript may be unofficial. (We prefer unofficial)
  • An essay of no more than three (3) typewritten, double-spaced pages on one of the following topics. 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. Please see full application to learn more about which topics and programs you can write about.


Please combine all the materials for each application into a single PDF file.


Link to full application


Please submit all materials to UCLA Political Science Undergraduate Advisor, Alex Luong (aluong@polisci.ucla.edu) by December 17th, 2021 11:59 PST.



Luce Scholars

The Luce Scholars Program is a nationally competitive fellowship program. It was launched by the Henry Luce Foundation in 1974 to enhance the understanding of Asia among potential leaders in American society. The program provides stipends, language training, and individualized professional placement in Asia for 15-18 Luce Scholars each year, and welcomes applications from college seniors, graduate students, and young professionals in a variety of fields who have had limited exposure to Asia.

Applicants must be nominated by UCLA (the SRC is the nominating department).

Please note: The Luce Scholars Program is on a temporary admissions hiatus and will not be selecting a 2022-23 cohort. Please check back next summer, 2022, for updates. 

Schwarzman Scholars Program

For Seniors or Recent Graduates interested in a one year MA program at Tsinghua University in Beijing. Schwarzman Scholars study for a masters degree in Global Affairs. However, students with any undergraduate major are invited to apply. Alumni are eligible until age 29. There is a strong emphasis on leadership.

Institutional endorsement is not required, but the SRC is available to assist with applications. This is a global program that is open to students from around the world.

Churchill Scholarship

The Churchill Scholarship funds a year of graduate study in Engineering, Mathematics, or Science at Cambridge University. It is highly selective (15 students a year for the STEM award, plus one student selected for the Kanders Churchill Scholarship to pursue a masters in policy.)

Open to US citizens who are in their senior year or within a year of graduation. Candidates normally have strong GPAs and outstanding research records.

UCLA can nominate two students each year. Our campus deadline is October 12, 2021. Applicants must also apply to Churchill College, Cambridge.

To apply for our nomination, complete your application in the Churchill portal, ask your recommenders to send their letters to the SRC. 


Truman Scholarship

Truman Scholarship ($30,000) For juniors planning graduate study leading to a career in public service.

Requires UCLA’s nomination. The committee’s focus is on leadership and public service.

Eligibility: open to both continuing and transfer juniors, but you must be a 3rd year undergraduate when you apply (third year undergrads with senior standing are eligible. Grad students are not). US citizen (or US national), or expect to receive citizenship by the time the scholarship is awarded. Committed to a career in public service. Strong record of leadership and service.

To apply for UCLA’s nomination, submit your completed application to the SRC by Wednesday of Week 1 of Winter Quarter. You must contact SRC Assistant Director Rebecca Blustein to obtain access to the Truman application portal.

Beinecke Memorial Scholarship

For juniors planning graduate study in the arts, humanities, or social sciences. Requires UCLA’s nomination. Campus deadline is in early Winter Quarter- Jan 8, 2021 for this year’s cycle. The Beinecke Scholarship provides $4000 before beginning graduate school and up to $30,000 over the first two years of a graduate program. The committee looks for outstanding academic achievement and research potential. Candidates must demonstrate financial aid eligibility.

To apply for institutional endorsement, submit your completed application via upload to Message Center(personal statement, CV, three letters of recommendation, unofficial transcripts, and application form) by Jan 10, 2022. Your recommenders should submit or email their letters separately to Rebecca Blustein.

Udall Scholarship

For Sophomores and Juniors interested in careers in Environmental Public Policy or Tribal Public Policy or Native American Health Care.

The Udall Scholarship requires UCLA’s nomination. The committee looks for strong leadership and public service commitments. The scholarship is $7000.

Contact UCLA’s faculty rep Rebecca Blustein to get access to the application portal.

To apply for our campus nomination, submit your completed application (your long Udall essay may still be a draft) to the SRC by Feb 1, 2022. You may submit unofficial transcripts.

Donald A. Strauss Scholarship

The Strauss Scholarship ($15,000– including a $7,000 scholarship and an $8,000 project grant) is open to sophomores and juniors. Provides funding to create your own public service project. Requires UCLA’s nomination.

To apply for our nomination, submit your completed application (including the application form, personal statement, resume, unofficial transcript, letters, and project proposal) to the SRC by February 1.

Michel David-Weill Scholarship

The Michel David-Weill Scholarship provides funding (including living expenses) for outstanding UCLA Seniors to study for two years for a Master’s degree at Sciences-Po in Paris. Open to students in any field of study.

UCLA can nominate one student each year. You must apply concurrently to the MA program at Sciences-Po. Our campus deadline is November 1.

To apply for our campus nomination, submit your completed application package to the SRC by November 1.


Goldwater Scholarship

The Goldwater Scholarship is the most prestigious undergraduate scholarship for STEM researchers. It is open to sophomores and juniors who plan graduate study leading to research careers in STEM fields. $7500.

Requires UCLA’s nomination.

Eligibility: US citizen, minimum 3.0 GPA, intend to pursue a research career in a natural science, mathematics, or engineering.

To get access to the application, you must complete a “pre-application” on the Goldwater portal. It opens in September each year.

To apply for our institutional nomination, submit your completed application (including unofficial transcripts, research essay, three letters of recommendation, and all parts of the online Goldwater application) to the SRC by the Tuesday before Thanksgiving. Your recommenders should email their letters to Dr. Blustein directly.