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James Madison Fellowships

The James Madison Memorial Fellowship Foundation offers Graduate Fellowships to individuals desiring to become outstanding teachers of the American Constitution at the secondary school level. Fellowship applicants compete only against other applicants from the states of their legal residence. As funding permits, the Foundation plans to offer one fellowship per state per year.

The fellowships are intended exclusively for graduate study leading to a master's degree. James Madison Fellows may attend any accredited institution of higher education in the United States. Each individual entering the James Madison Fellowship Program will be expected to pursue and complete a master's degree in one of the following (listed in order of the Foundation's preference):

-Master of Arts (MA) in American history, political science, or government
-Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) concentrating on either American Constitutional history (in a history department) or American government, political institutions, or political theory (in a political science department). MAT degrees without required constitutional coursework cannot be approved.
-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.

Junior fellowships are awarded to outstanding college seniors and college graduates without teaching experience who intend to become secondary school teachers of American history, American government, or social studies in grades 7-12. Junior Fellows must complete graduate study within 2 academic years of full-time study. Senior fellowships are awarded to superior current teachers who must be able to complete graduate study within 5 calendar years of part-time study.

Fields of Study:

  • Education; American History, Government, Political Institutions or Political Theory


  • United States

Program Type:

  • Study


  • US Citizen

Program Length:

  • 2 years (full time) or 5 years (part time, for senior fellows)


  • March 

Degree Level:

  • Undergrad
  • Post UG
  • Graduate


  • Tuition and fees up to $24,000 prorated over period of study