NOV. 7, 2003
CONTACT: Mike Stepanovich, 661/664-2456, mstepanovich@csub.edu

Fellowships worth up to $24,000 are available for future teachers, said Jeanne Harrie, a history professor at California State University, Bakersfield.

The James Madison Memorial Fellowship Foundation, a federally endowed and privately funded program designed to strengthen instruction about the U.S. Constitution in the nationís schools, will award fellowships in 2004 for masterís degree level graduate study of the framing and history of the U.S. Constitution. College seniors and college 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, James Madison 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 seven through 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 fulltime 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 masterís degrees in American history, political science or education offered by any accredited U.S. university. Participation in an accredited four-week summer institute held at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., on the principals, framing, ratification and implementation of the Constitution and the Bill of Rights is required of all fellows, normally during the summer after the commencement of study. Fellowsí attendance at the summer institute is paid for by the Madison Foundation.

Details about the program are available from Harrie at (661) 664-2247, or from the James Madison Fellowships Program, P.O. Box 4030, Iowa City, Iowa 52243-4030; telephone (800) 525-6928; e-mail Madison@act.org. Application materials may be downloaded from the Foundationís website:www.jamesmadison.com.