Awards and Opportunities

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The Spirit of ‘76 Undergraduate Fellowship Initiative

The Initiative exists to provide research and academic internship support for members of the Undergraduate Fellows Forum. For example, you may wish to visit a library at Harvard or Oxford or Cambridge to do research on your junior paper or senior thesis. Or perhaps there’s an uncompensated internship you’re interested in, and you’ll need financial support to make it happen. Thanks to the generosity of a member of the Class of ‘76 whose gift established the fund, we are able to provide funds to Undergraduate Fellows whose projects fall within the intellectual mission of the Madison Program.

Preference will be given to proposals for research support, internships, and academic conference support. If, however, you are interested in a different kind of opportunity, we are happy to give your request our consideration, provided it is an opportunity that has intellectual value.

To apply for funding, please visiting the Student Activities Funding Engine (studentfunding.princeton.edu) and search for these Opportunities:

Spirit of '76 Undergraduate Fellowship Thesis Research Support (For JMP Undergraduate Fellows) 
This fund is intended to support senior thesis research of the James Madison Program Undergraduate Fellows Forum members, doing work within the educational mission of the James Madison Program.

Spirit of '76 Undergraduate Fellowship Initiative (For JMP Undergraduate Fellows)
This fund is intended to support academic internships and scholarly research of the James Madison Program Undergraduate Fellows Forum members, doing work with the educational mission of the James Madison Program.

Spirit of '76 Undergraduate Fellowship Summer Study Abroad (For JMP Undergraduate Fellows)
This fund is intended to support the summer study abroad of James Madison Program Undergraduate Fellows Forum members doing work with the educational mission of the James Madison Program.

Spirit of '76 Undergraduate Fellowship Initiative – Projects (For JMP Undergraduate Fellows)
This fund is intended to support members of the James Madison Program's Undergraduate Fellows Forum with travel, housing, and attendance at academic conferences as well as independent projects and study trips that address issues of American ideals and institutions.

For proposals involving international travel, please allow 6-8 weeks for approval by the International Travel and Safety office.

The Annual Undergraduate Conference on the American Polity

Several years ago, the Madison Program instituted an annual conference for undergraduates on the American polity. Now rotating to different locations, the conference provides students from a number of participating institutions an opportunity to present papers vetted by their sponsoring programs, with responses by the sponsoring programs’ faculties and fellows. Conference information will be sent via email when available. If you are interested in presenting a paper on a topic within the broad description of the conference, please contact Ch'nel Duke (cduke@princeton.edu).

The John P. Hansel ‘46 Founders Prize

Papers written by JMP Undergraduate Fellows that address the principles of freedom upon which our constitutional republic is founded will be eligible for The John P. Hansel '46 Founders Prize, with the winner receiving a set of J. Rufus Fears' 36 lectures on the History of Freedom and $250. Papers may be submitted to cduke@princeton.edu for consideration.