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James Madison Fellowship

James Madison Graduate Fellowship

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The James Madison Memorial Fellowship Foundation was established by Congress in 1986 to honor the legacy and principles of James Madison. Its purpose is to improve the teaching of the U.S. Constitution in secondary schools by awarding fellowships to outstanding individuals who are already, or will become, teachers of the American Constitution at the 7-12 grade level. Candidates are those who will be pursuing a Master of Arts, Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT), or a Master of Education (MEd) in disciplines related to the teaching of American history, American government, and/or social studies. The Foundation offers Junior Fellowships to students who have an undergraduate degree but no teaching experience, and Senior Fellowships for experienced teachers already working in the field who wish to pursue a graduate degree part-time. At least one fellow (Junior or Senior) is selected from each state each year.

Award Details

The Fellowship grants a maximum award of $24,000 over the duration of graduate study. This award covers the cost of tuition, institution fees, books, room and board, and expenses for a required 4-week Summer Institute program, with a maximum of $12,000 per academic year.

The Junior Fellowship is granted for the duration of 2 years of full-time academic study. Senior Fellows may undertake part-time study over a maximum of 5 years for degree completion.

Fellows are required to attend the Foundation's Summer Institute on the Constitution, held each July at Georgetown University.


Applicant must...

  • be a U.S. citizen or U.S. national
  • be or plan to be a secondary education teacher of American history, American government, or social studies
  • hold a bachelor's degree before August 31st of the year of application
  • be applying separately for a qualified degree program

Additional Notes

Fellows must teach one year of American history, American government, or social studies in grades 7-12 for every year of funding received from the Foundation.

Students who have already been awarded a graduate degree must wait three years before applying for a James Madison Fellowship.


External deadline: March 1, 2014

Campus deadline:


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