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Call for Nominations and Applications for Cuban Fellows for the James Madison Memorial Fellowship Foundation

2011 Summer Institute on the Constitution

Meridian Exchanges is pleased to offer this call for nominations for, and applications from, qualified Cuban fellows for the 2011 Summer Institute on the Constitution of the James Madison Memorial Fellowship Foundation in Washington, D.C. Meridian Exchanges is an independent, non-governmental organization which promotes the development of human capital and international dialogue in the Americas through supporting short courses, training seminars, conferences and bibliographic exchanges.

The Summer Institute on the Constitution

The core of the Summer Institute is a graduate-level course entitled “The Foundations of American Constitutionalism.” Taught by constitutional scholars, it examines the principles, framing, ratification, and implementation of constitutional government in the United States. This is an intense course of study and fellows are required to live on campus. Class attendance is mandatory, and six credit hours are awarded by Georgetown University for successful completion of the Institute. A feature of the Institute is the scheduling of occasional trips to sites in and around Washington that are associated with the Constitution. The 2011 Summer Institute on the Constitution will run from June 18 to July 15, 2011. Fellows will receive round-trip international or domestic transportation to Washington, D.C., room, board, and a stipend of $2,500.

The James Madison Memorial Fellowship Foundation

The James Madison Memorial Fellowship Foundation was established by the United States Congress in 1986 for the purpose of improving teaching about the United States Constitution in secondary schools. While funding for the Foundation’s general programs comes from Congress and generous contributions from individuals, foundations and corporations, the Cuban Fellowship program is not government funded. The James Madison Fellowships were created to honor Madison’s legacy and Madisonian principles by providing support for graduate study that focuses on the Constitution—its history and contemporary relevance to the practices and policies of democratic government.

Qualifications for Nomination

Nominations and applications for the will be accepted from individuals who:

  * Are Cuban born, or first generation born outside of Cuba

  * Have demonstrated leadership capacity, or show clear potential for the same

  * Are in a position to disseminate and otherwise promote the diffusion of the knowledge and competencies gained from the Summer Institute to a wider community of individuals. The candidate should indicate his or her abilities and plans in this regard in the application

  * Have demonstrated proficiency in the English language that will allow them to successfully complete and benefit from the Summer Institute

  * Have university level education or other experience that will enable them to successfully complete a graduate level course of study in the United States

  * Are able, if necessary, to secure a visa for entry into the United States

Application Process

Applicants must submit a cover letter in English indicating their qualifications, experience and interests specifically related to the selection criteria above. In addition, applicants must also submit a current curriculum vita, also in English, with the names, addresses, fax number and email of three references. Meridian Exchanges is handling all aspects of the pre-qualification and nomination of Cubans for this fellowship. All inquiries, applications and correspondence regarding the Cuban component of this program should be directed to Meridian Exchanges Cuban Fellowship Selection Committee at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

The deadline for receipt of completed applications is Monday, April 4, 2011.


Nominees will be notified of the outcome of the selection process by Monday, May 2, 2011.

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