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For Graduate Study in the U.S.

James Madison Memorial Scholarship

Madison Fellowships provide support for graduate study for individuals desiring to become outstanding teachers of the American Constitution its history and contemporary relevance. James Madison is a federally-endowed fellowship program designed to strengthen instruction about the U.S. Constitution at the secondary school level. Graduating seniors without teaching experience who intend to pursue a career in teaching American history or political science can receive funding for two years of master’s level study.

Choice of Graduate School and Degree:

The fellowships are intended exclusively for graduate study leading to a master’s degree. James Madison Fellows may attend any accredited institution of higher education in the United States. Each individual entering the James Madison Fellowship Program will be expected to pursue and complete a master’s degree in one of the following (listed in order of the Foundation’s preference):

  • Master of Arts (MA) in American history or in political science (also referred to as “government and politics” or as “government”);
  • Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) concentrating on either American Constitutional history (in a history department) or American government, political institutions, and political theory (in a political science department);
  • Master of Education (MEd) or the Master of Arts or Master of Science in Education with a concentration in American history or American government, political institutions, and political theory.

At least 12 semester credits (or 18 quarter credits) of constitutional study must be part of the Fellow’s program. Six of these semester credits will be earned in Washington, D.C., by the Fellow at the Foundation’s Summer Institute on the Constitution.

Eligibility: Candidates must; be a U.S. citizen or U.S. national, be a teacher, or plan to become a teacher, of American history, American government, or social studies at the secondary school level (grades 7-12), possess a bachelor’s degree or plan to receive a bachelor’s degree no later than August 31 of the year in which they are applying and wait at least three years from the time that any previous graduate degree was awarded before applying.

Note: Fellows must agree to teach full-time in a secondary school for no less than one year for each full year of fellowship support.

Application deadline: Early March for following academic year.

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UIS Faculty Representative: Dr. Brian Kahn

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Truman Scholarship

The Truman Scholarship provides up to $30,000 in funding to students pursuing graduate degrees in public service fields. Students must be college juniors at the time of selection. The Foundation also provides assistance with career counseling, internship placement, graduate school admissions, and professional development. Scholars are invited to participate in a number of programs: Truman Scholar Leadership Week, The Summer Institute, and The Truman-Albright Fellows Program.

Eligibility: Each nominee for the Truman Scholarship must be:

  • a full-time junior-level student at a four-year institution pursuing a bachelor’s degree during the 2011-2012 academic year–’Junior’ here means a student who plans to continue full-time undergraduate study and who expects to receive a baccalaureate degree between December 2012 and August 2013, or a student in his or her third year of collegiate study who expects to graduate during the 2011-2012 academic year, or a senior-level student who is a resident of Puerto Rico or the Islands as defined below;
  • nominated by the Truman Scholarship Faculty Representative at his or her institution;
  • in the upper quarter of his or her class; and
  • a United States citizen or a United States national from American Samoa or the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands. Resident aliens (green card holders) are not eligible.

Note: Truman Scholars are required to work in public service for three of the seven years following completion of a Foundation funded graduate degree program as a condition of receiving funding. Scholars who are not employed in public service for a total of three years, or who fail to provide proof to the Foundation of such employment, will be required to repay any funds received along with interest. The Foundation will have an appeals process for those Scholars in special circumstances.

Fill out a Truman Scholarship pre-application online

Application deadline: Early February for the academic year beginning in the following calendar year.

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UIS Faculty Representative: Dr. John Transue

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