Two Outstanding Aggies Nominated for Gaither Fellowships

The James C. Gaither Junior Fellows Program is a post-baccalaureate fellowship with the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace which provides outstanding recent graduates who are serious about careers in international affairs with an opportunity to learn about and help shape policy on important international topics.

Junior Fellows work as research assistants to senior scholars whose projects include nuclear policy, democracy and rule of law, energy and climate issues, Middle East studies, Asia politics and economics, South Asian politics, Southeast Asian politics, Japan studies, and Russian and Eurasian affairs.

The fellowship provides a one-year full time position at the Carnegie Endowment in Washington, D.C. during which Junior Fellows may conduct research, contribute to op-eds, papers, reports, and books, participate in meetings with high-level officials, contribute to congressional testimony and organize briefings attended by scholars, activists, journalists and government officials.

Texas A&M is one of over 400 participating schools and institutions and may nominate up to two students each year. Only 10-12 Junior Fellows will be selected, making this a highly-competitive program. Mokhtar Awad ’12 was selected as a Junior Fellow with the Middle East program in 2012.

We are pleased to announce our 2020 nominees are Robyn Battles ’20, who is applying to the U.S. Foreign Policy and Diplomacy Program, and Jeremy Bartlett ’20, who is applying to the Geoeconomics and Strategy Program.

Robyn Battles ’20, Gaither Nominee

Robyn Battles is a maritime public policy and communication major with minors in anthropology and maritime studies from Arlington, Texas. Robyn is a first-generation Aggie and is proud to serve as the first African American female Student Body President at the Galveston Campus. As part of her presidential responsibilities she serves on the Chancellor’s Student Advisory Council. Due to her campus involvement she was awarded the inaugural Emerging Student Leadership Award in 2017.

Robyn further serves her Aggie community as a member of the Maroon Delegates. She participated in the Southwestern Model Arab League to further pursue her interest in foreign policy and won the Outstanding Delegate Award for representing Comoros. She also traveled to China for the National Model United Nations representing Rwanda in the General Assembly. At the 63rd Annual Student Conference on National Affairs as a member of the “Eye in the Sky: License to Kill” roundtable, which focused on military Unmanned Aerial Vehicle use overseas, her group won Best Policy Proposal. The proposal was eventually sent to the White House as a recommendation. This past summer she spent six-weeks in Morocco studying formal Arabic and the local dialect.

When not in class, traveling, or serving the student body through Student Government, she works as a public speaking consultant for the Learning Commons and as team leader for the Studio. In her free time, she enjoys visiting antique shops in Galveston’s historic downtown and collecting vinyl records. As a Gaither Junior Fellow, she hopes to further develop her expertise in international relations and become a Foreign Service Officer in the future.

Jeremy Bartlett ’20, Gaither Nominee

Jeremy Bartlett is a political science major from Hurst, Texas, with minors in economics and statistics.  He is currently pursuing a career as an economic advisor in Washington D.C.

During his college career he has taken the opportunity to learn how the government works, both in and outside of his classes.  His freshmen year Bartlett shadowed the city manager of his hometown, and the next year he interned at the district office of Congressman Marc Veasey (TX-33).  This past summer he got international experience by interning for both Fianna Fáil- the Irish Republican Party, and the Lord Mayor of Dublin.

Bartlett has served as a Sophomore Advisor and a Junior Advisor for the Honors Housing Community, actively facilitating the function and growth of the 350+ freshmen honors program.  He has also served as a Vice President of Honors Student Council, the student organization representing over 5000 Honors students across campus, and is currently serving his term as President of that organization.

Congratulations to our nominees! If you are interested in applying to the Gaither Junior Fellows program or another nationally-competitive scholarship or fellowship, please visit

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