James Madison Graduate Fellowship

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The James Madison Memorial Fellowship Foundation offers $24,000 James Madison Graduate Fellowships to individuals desiring to become outstanding teachers of the American Constitution at the secondary school level.

Applicants should plan to enroll in programs that offer courses on the development of the U.S. Constitution, the evolution of political theory and constitutional law, the influence of the Constitution on American society and culture, or in other subject areas related to the U.S. Constitution.



The Madison Fellowship provides up to $12,000 in funding per year, for up to two years.  All Madison Fellows also participate in a summer institute on the Constitution held at Georgetown University.

Eligibility Criteria: 

Fellowship applicants compete only against other applicants from the states of their legal residence. To be eligible to apply for a fellowship, you must:

  • Be a U.S. citizen.
  • Be a teacher, or plan to become a teacher, of American history, American government, or social studies at the secondary school level (grades 7–12).
  • Possess a bachelor's degree or plan to receive a bachelor's degree no later than August 31 of the year in which you are applying.
Award Requirements: 

Fellows agree to teach one year of American history, American government or social studies in grades 7-12 for each year of study under the fellowship.

Selection Criteria: 

Applicants are evaluated on their demonstrated commitment to a career teaching American history, American government, or social studies at the secondary school level; demonstrated intent to pursue and complete a program of graduate study that emphasizes the Constitution and offers instruction in that subject; demonstrated devotion to civic responsibility; demonstrated capacity for study and performance as classroom teachers, and their proposed courses of graduate study.

Application Process: 

Applications are submitted via the online application system

Nomination Required?: 
early March
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