The Madison Fellowship (or Madison Research Fellows) Program provides an opportunity for faculty from across all academic disciplines to enhance their new or ongoing research around a selected area or topic of study. Madison Fellowships are self-directed, self-facilitated groups.

Madison Research Fellows Fall 2020

Motherscholars (Faculty Community)

Group will meet online on Tuesdays 9/15, 9/29, 10/13, 10/27, 11/3, 11/17 from 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM. 

Applications for this fellowship are now closed.

Are you a motherscholar? Has COVID-19 reshaped your experiences as a faculty member and mother? This faculty community is intended to provide a flexible space for listening, talking, reflecting, and acting on issues that are unique to motherscholars. Holding multiple positions of power as scholars and caregivers, motherscholars must also navigate academic life and parenthood in patriarchal institutions, within which they are often marginalized through interpersonal and structural sexism, and other injustices based on intersectional identities related to gender, race, class, and more. Join this community of faculty, in various stages of their careers, to advance a scholarship project while building a powerful network of colleagues. This Madison Fellowship is a self-directed community focused on connecting with campus resources, mutual empowerment, and accountability. Participants will share their individual needs and define the group focus for the semester. Participants will plan to meet twice a month this Fall, though, given the extraordinary scheduling demands many motherscholars experience, participation in this fellowship is intended to be flexible. After the first meeting, if appropriate, the group will reach out to JMU campus entities for access to varied resources. Alternatively, the meetings can simply be used for connecting and working on individual projects.


Centering Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion in Participatory Research (Faculty Community)

Group will meet online on Tuesdays 9/15, 9/29, 10/13, 10/27, 11/3, 11/17 from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM. 

Applications for this fellowship are now closed

Do you explore issues of justice, equity, diversity and inclusion (JEDI) in your scholarship? Do your methods align with your JEDI goals? Participatory methods such as arts-based research, photo-eye, narrative inquiry, and digital archives can change the relationship between academic researchers, their participants, and the community. Engaging in participatory research involves careful reflection on methodological approaches, identifying ethical implications of our methodological choices, reconsidering what “counts” as data, and even rethinking how we disseminate our work. 

Join this community of faculty, in various stages of JEDI work, to advance a project.  This Madison Fellowship is a self-directed, online community focused on mentorship, connecting with campus resources, and mutual accountability. Participants will share their individual needs and define the group focus for the semester. Participants will meet twice a month this fall. After the first meeting, the group will define their goals for the semester and perhaps reach out to appropriate JMU campus entities, such as the JMU Office of Research and Scholarship, to get their needs met. The group could also choose to use the time to focus on advancing current projects. 


Building a Community Around Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (JEDI) Scholarship (Faculty Community)

Group will meet online on Thursdays, 10/1,10/15, 10/29, 11/12, 11/19 from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM.

Applications for this fellowship are now closed

Faculty who participate in Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (JEDI) can at times feel siloed and unheard in their endeavors. This Madison Fellowship is a self-directed community focused on proving a space for collaboration and support for JEDI scholars. In addition the fellows will connect with campus resources and provide mutual accountability. Participants will share their individual needs and define the group focus for the semester. Participants will meet twice a month this Fall. After the first meeting, the group will reach out to appropriate JMU campus entities, such as the Associate Provost Office for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusivity, to get their needs met. The group could also choose to use the time to focus on completing a current project. Partner: Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusivity  

Madison Fellowship - Level I

This semester-long program invites members of the JMU faculty with various perspectives and from varied academic disciplines to participate in a small, intentional community where intellectual debate and cross-fertilization can flourish. Minimally, group members meet twice each month for planning, discussions, guided readings, and/or presentations.

Madison Fellowship - Level II

The Level II Madison Fellowship (Madison Research Fellows) Program allows alumni from Level I Fellowships to continue their MRF experience with funding support from the CFI.  MRF alumni can apply for Level II funding to support progress toward defined goals related to the Level I experience.  Funding is limited to $2,000 per fellows group, per semester and can support fellowship related travel, data collection, resource development, or other needs related to fellowship goals.  Applications must include participation from at least 3 members of the Level I group.  Each applicant group will determine the type of support needed to conduct the activities and achieve project goals (e.g., conference fees, books or resources, workspace, software, food).  The CFI reserves the right to allocate resources based on appropriateness for project, equitable distribution of resources, and/or availability of funds. A committee will review applications and determine support.  Level II Applications accepted on a rolling basis.  All monies awarded in the spring semester must be spent by June 1.

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