Kristin Zhu Wins Gaither Junior Fellowship

The public policy and political science double major begins her term Sept. 1

Kristin Zhu wins Gaither Junior Fellowship
Kristin Zhu

During her Gaither Fellowship year, Zhu will work with the American Statecraft program, where she hopes to contribute to the Pivotal States series and research gaps in American foreign policy. The American Statecraft program is attentive to the history and values of the U.S. and suggests foreign policy strategies accordingly.

“It is an incredible honor to have been selected for the James C. Gaither Fellowship. I am indebted to the mentorship, dedication, and compassion of the Duke Nationally Competitive Scholarships office, professors Erika Weinthal, Shelley Liu and Rachel Myrick,” said Zhu. “The Carnegie Endowment provides spectacular opportunities for Junior Fellows to engage with Washington’s foreign policy space. The endowment also nurtures and produces incredible scholars, and I am excited to kickstart my career in an organization with unparalleled global impact.”

Duke students and alumni can receive support for opportunities like the Gaither Junior Fellowship from the Nationally Competitive Scholarships team at the Office of University Scholars and Fellows.

A complete list of this year’s fellowship winners can be found at