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Following are application deadlines for grants and fellowships available to individuals and schools. Asterisks (*) denote new entries.

The James Madison Memorial Fellowship Foundation awards fellowships for graduate study of the U.S. Constitution. High school teachers of American history, American government, and social studies are eligible, as are college seniors and graduate students planning teaching careers in those subjects. At least one fellowship is awarded annually in each state. Fellows receive up to $24,000 to help pay for graduate study leading to a master’s degree in history, political science, or education. Both full- and part-time fellowships are available. Contact: James Madison Fellowship Program, P.O. Box 4030, 2201 N. Dodge St., Iowa City, IA 52243-4030; (800) 525-6928;

The National Endowment for the Humanities sponsors 16 summer seminars and 12 institutes in the United States and abroad for full-time K-12 teachers. Seminars and institutes engage teachers in the study of humanities topics such as the life of Thomas Jefferson, the U.S. Constitution, the Industrial Revolution, Spanish art and theater, Mozart, and Shakespeare. Participants receive stipends ranging from $1,800 to $4,200 to help cover travel, books, and other research and living expenses. Contact: NEH, Division of Education, 1100 Pennsylvania Ave. N.W., Washington, DC 20506; (202) 606-8463; e-mail;

The Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association, offers financial assistance to those planning careers in children’s library service. Four $6,500 Bound To Stay Bound Books Scholarships and two $6,000 Frederic G. Melcher Scholarships are awarded. Applicants must have been accepted to a master’s or other advanced degree program in library science. They must work in the field for at least one year after graduation and join the ALA and the ALSC. Applications must be submitted online. Contact: Office for Human Resources Development, ALA, 50 E. Huron St., Chicago, IL 60611-2795; (312) 280-4281; e-mail;

The U.S. Office of Innovation and Improvement offers competitive grants for the teaching of traditional American history. Grants are used to improve the quality of history instruction by supporting professional development for teachers of American history and by promoting the teaching of traditional American history as a separate academic subject in elementary and secondary schools. Local educational agencies, including charter schools, are eligible for the grant and must agree to carry out proposed activities in partnership with institutions of higher education, nonprofit history or humanities organizations, libraries, or museums. Contact: Alex Stein, OII, (202) 205-9085; e-mail;

The National Endowment for the Humanities sponsors 19 one-week Landmarks of American History and Culture summer workshops for full- and part-time K-12 teachers. Programs take place at important landmarks across the country. Topics include Benjamin Franklin in Philadelphia, James Madison, Pearl Harbor, Ellis Island, Congress and the Capitol, Mount Vernon, the Underground Railroad, and Mark Twain. Participants receive $500 stipends to help cover travel, books, and other research and living expenses; additional travel supplements are also available. Contact: NEH, Division of Education, 1100 Pennsylvania Ave. N.W., Washington, DC 20506; (202) 606-8463; e-mail

The Murdock-Thompson Center for Teachers offers Summer Fellowships for Innovative Teachers. The center encourages truly innovative teaching strategies and also rewards curriculum reform and motivational strategies. Fellows, who receive a $2,000 stipend, usually work during the summer to perfect or replicate and publicize their projects. No residency is required. Full-time educators who work at the precollegiate level are eligible. Applications are available on the Web site. Contact: Murdock-Thompson Center for Teachers, 178 Gano St., Providence, RI 02906; (401) 621-9033;

*April-May OPERA
The Metropolitan Opera Guild seeks applicants for its Creating Original Opera Professional Development Program and the Research and Professional Development Opera Institute. Both are weeklong summer training programs that provide elementary through high school teachers with information, tools, and experience to form an in-school opera with their students and incorporate the program into the curriculum. Participants are eligible for graduate and professional development credit. Schools are selected based on an application completed by the principal and a minimum of two teachers. The program is held at various university locations. Deadlines vary by program and region. Contact: Kim Ilardi, School Programs Administrator, Metropolitan Opera Guild, Education at the Met, 70 Lincoln Center Plaza, New York, NY 10023; (212) 769-7026; e-mail;

The Center for Applied Linguistics invites applications for the 2006 G. Richard Tucker Fellowship. From June 2006 through May 2007, including a four-week residency at CAL in Washington, D.C., the fellow will interact with senior staff members on one of CAL’s existing research projects or on a suitable project suggested by the fellow. The fellowship pays a stipend plus travel expenses. Priority will be given to proposals that focus on all types of language education and testing or on language issues related to minorities in the United States or Canada. Master’s or doctoral degree candidates in any field involving the study of language are eligible. Minorities are especially encouraged to apply. Applicants must currently be enrolled in a degree program in the United States or Canada and must have completed the equivalent of at least one year of full-time graduate study. Contact: Grace S. Burkart, Center for Applied Linguistics, 4646 40th St. N.W., Washington, DC 20016; (202) 362-0700; e-mail

The National Rural Education Association and the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association announce the Mini-Grant program. Any K-12 rural teacher whose school or students’ homes are served by a rural electric cooperative is eligible. Ten grants of $500 are offered for classroom-based projects that investigate the science of energy or electricity. Projects must demonstrate student-teacher cooperation and coordination with local electric cooperatives; they must also focus on student learning and adhere to other specified guidelines. Contact: Rural Teacher Mini-Grants, Dr. Bob Mooneyham, Executive Director, NREA Headquarters, University of Oklahoma, 820 Van Vleet Oval, Room 227, Norman, OK 73019; (405) 325-7959; e-mail;

The Lemelson-MIT InvenTeams competition, now in its fourth year as a national initiative, was created to inspire inventiveness and creative thinking among high schoolers and encourage pursuit of advanced education and careers in science, technology, and engineering. Science, math, and technology teachers from public, private, charter, and vocational high schools nationwide may apply for one of 20 grants of up to $10,000 each to develop an invention as an in-class or extracurricular project during the 2006-07 academic year. Up to 35 finalists will be selected, to be interviewed by a panel of MIT faculty and alumni, professional inventors, and engineers. The 20 grant recipients will present final prototypes at MIT in spring 2007. Applications are submitted through the Web site. For more information, contact: Lemelson-MIT InvenTeams, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 77 Massachusetts Ave., Building E60-215, Cambridge, MA 02139-4307; (617) 253-3352;


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