The James Madison Memorial Fellowship Foundation, a federally endowed program designed to strengthen instruction about the Constitution in the nation’s schools, will award generous fellowships in 2000 for master’s-level study of the framing of the U.S. Constitution.

College seniors and graduates who intend to become secondary school teachers of American history, American government or social studies are eligible for the fellowships.

Through a nationwide competition, fellowships will be awarded to at least one legal resident of each state, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the other U.S. territories. After completing study under their fellowships, James Madison fellows are required to teach American history, American government or social studies in grades 7 to 12 for a minimum of one year for each academic year of graduate assistance they receive.

Fellowships carry a maximum stipend of $24,000 (for up to two years of full-time study for college graduates), which is used to cover the costs of tuition, required fees, books, and room and board. Fellows must enroll in graduate programs leading to master’s degrees in American history, political science or education offered by any accredited university. Participation in an accredited four-week summer institute held at Georgetown University on the principles, framing, ratification and implementation of the Constitution and Bill of Rights is required of all fellows, normally during the summer after the commencement of study.

Details about the program may be obtained on campus from Dr. Tom Mega, (651) 962-5738, Room 424, O’Shaughnessy Educational Center, or from the James Madison Fellowship Program, P.O. Box 4030, Iowa City, Iowa 52243-4030; telephone from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at 1 (800) 525-6928; fax to (319) 337-1204; or visit the foundation’s Web site at


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