Indiana University-Bloomington senior Lauren Meadows has been awarded the 2020 James C. Gaither Junior Fellowship with the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. She is one of only 12 fellows selected for the 2020-2021 year.
Meadows will be working as a research assistant to two senior research fellows at the Carnegie Endowment in the Democracy, Conflict, and Governance (DCG) Program. The research projects will focus on issues related to populism, polarization, and political representation, both in the United States and internationally.
“I feel incredibly honored to have been selected for this position. I have devoted much of my college career to studying governance and institutional reform, and I am eager to join a team of researchers at Carnegie dedicated to researching democracy-strengthening policy and promoting responsible governance worldwide,” Meadows explained.
During her tenure at IU, Meadows, a Wells Scholar, held internships at the Westminster Foundation for Democracy in London and the Brennan Center for Justice in New York where she studied democracy reform from an international and domestic perspective, respectively. Both of these experiences influenced her decision to apply for the James C. Gaither Junior Fellowship.
“I am also lucky to have an uncommonly supportive community of friends, faculty, and staff here at IU who encouraged me to apply. I view this next step as a culmination of my four years here at IU, and I am excited to embark on this new and exciting journey,” she said.
The Office of National Scholarships and Awards at IU Bloomington oversees the selection and nomination of students for the fellowship. To learn more about the application process visit Gaither Junior Fellows program application description on the office’s website.The James C. Gaither Junior Fellowship is a program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace in Washington, DC. The program offers one-year fellowships to qualified graduating seniors as well as individuals who have been out of school for one year. Fellows work as research assistants to Carnegie’s senior scholars. To learn more about the fellowship program, click here.