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James Madison Memorial Fellowship Foundation: Fellowship Program

Date posted: 08/22/2008

Award: Up to $24,000 annually; including tuition, fees, books, and room and board.

Field: Teaching American history, American government, or social studies at a secondary school

Eligibility: US citizens who agree to teach full time in a secondary school for no less than one year for each full year of study under the fellowship and who qualify for study toward one of the listed Master's degrees

Contact Information:

Phone: 1-800-525-6928
Fax: 703/838-2180
Address: 1613 Duke Street Alexandria, VA 22314
Web site:

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Annual program to support current and future teachers of American History, American Government and Social Studies for two years of Master's level graduate study of the roots, principles, framing and development of the United States Constitution. Professional Teaching Obligation After receiving the master's degree, each Fellow must teach American history, American government, or social studies in grades 7–12 for one full year for each academic year of funding received under a fellowship, preferably in the state from which the recipient won the fellowship. This was a life-changing experience and my teaching will never be the same—it will be better. — Lisa Dishongh, Fellow from Texas Financial Aspects of the Award The maximum amount of each award is $24,000, prorated over the period of study, and in no case shall the award exceed $12,000 for one academic year of study. Normally, Fellows receive less than these maximum amounts. Payments are made only for the actual costs of tuition, required fees, and books (as well as room and board if required to live away from your principal residence), and are made only for the minimum number of credits required for the award of the degree for which a Fellow is registered. Failure to complete the study for which the fellowship is awarded, to attend the Summer Institute on the Constitution, or to teach a qualifying subject in grades 7–12 for the requisite amount of time entailed by the award will result in forfeiture of the fellowship and require the return of all funds paid under the fellowship, plus applicable interest under federal law.

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