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James Madison Memorial Fellowship Program

What is James Madison Memorial Fellowship Program?

The James Madison Fellowships are aimed entirely for graduate study resulting in a master's degree. The maximum amount of each award is $24,000, divided over the distinct period of study, therefore making the James Madison Fellowship the top award for secondary level teachers undertaking study of the Constitution.


    • Fellowship payments include the actual tuition expenses, required fees, books, and room and board but cannot go beyond $12,000 per academic year. Generally, Fellows get below these maximum amounts.

    • James Madison Fellows can go to any accredited institution of higher education in the United States.

  • Every individual joining the James Madison Fellowship Program will be assumed to study and accomplish a master's degree in one of the following (listed in order of the Foundation's preference): Master of Arts (MA) in American history or in political science (also referred to as "government and politics" or as "government"); Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) concentrating on either American Constitutional history (in a history department) or American government, political institutions, and political theory (in a political science department); Master of Education (MEd) or the Master of Arts or Master of Science in Education with a concentration in American history or American government, political institutions, and political theory.

Type of James Madison Fellowship Programs

The Foundation offers two types of fellowships:

    • Junior Fellowships are presented to students who are nearing completion, or have done their undergraduate course of study and intend to start graduate work on a full-time basis. Junior Fellows have two years to finish their degree.

  • Senior Fellowships are conferred to teachers who like to start work for a graduate degree on a part-time basis via summer and evening classes. Senior Fellows can take up to five years to finish their degree.

After accomplishing all fellowship requirements, every individual will be obliged to teach American history, American government, or social studies, full time in a secondary school in the United States (or in a U.S. Government sponsored school abroad) for minimum one school year for each full academic year of fellowshipassistance.

Who is eligible for this program?

To become qualified to apply for a fellowship, you:

    • Must be a U.S. citizen or U.S. national

    • Must be a teacher, or intend to become a teacher, of American history, American government, or social studies at the secondary school level (grades 7-12)

    • Must hold a bachelor's degree or plan to get a bachelor's degree before August 31 of the year in which you are applying

  • Must wait a minimum of three years from the time that any previous graduate degree was presented prior to applying for a James Madison Fellowship

How to apply?

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