Williams College Senior William Hayes Wins Carnegie Junior Fellowship

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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass., May 19, 2014—Williams College senior William Hayes has been named a Junior Fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. Each year, 10 to 12 students are selected to work as research assistants at the Carnegie Endowment, one of the world’s leading think tanks, which specializes in international affairs.

Hayes_William2Acceptance into the program is highly competitive, with approximately 5 percent of applicants ultimately selected as fellows. Junior Fellows are given the opportunity to conduct research, co-author journal articles and policy papers, organize briefings, and participate in meetings with senior-level officials. Junior Fellows are paid a salary of $37,000 per year and provided a benefits package.

Hayes, a political science and economics major from Falmouth, Maine, will participate in the South Asia Program. “I was particularly drawn to the South Asia Program because it’s a region that has been central to American foreign policy for the last 10 years, and it’s also an area that’s undergoing a lot of change,” Hayes said.

At Williams, Hayes is writing an honors thesis in economics titled Gentrification and Race in American Central Cities: Is Urban Housing Change Driving Urban Racial Change? He is a Class of 1960 Scholar in Economics and a Class of 1957 Research Fellow. Hayes has served as a teaching assistant and peer tutor and is a member of the Williams College Jazz Ensemble and men’s cross country team.

“When I won, I was excited and very honored that I was selected,” Hayes said. “I’d like to thank the Williams faculty I have met and learned from throughout my time here, especially in the economics and political science departments. I’d also like to thank everyone in the Fellowships Office for their help in the process.”

The last Carnegie Junior Fellow from Williams was Aroop Mukharji ’09.


Founded in 1793, Williams College is the second-oldest institution of higher learning in Massachusetts. The college’s 2,000 students are taught by a faculty noted for the quality of their teaching and research, and the achievement of academic goals includes active participation of students with faculty in their research. Students’ educational experience is enriched by the residential campus environment in Williamstown, Mass., which provides a host of opportunities for interaction with one another and with faculty beyond the classroom. Admission decisions on U.S. applicants are made regardless of a student’s financial ability, and the college provides grants and other assistance to meet the demonstrated needs of all who are admitted.