James Madison Fellowships

Degree Level: Undergrad, or Post UG, or Graduate

Field of Study: Arts & Humanities

Location: United States

Duration: Multi-year

Deadlines: March. Please check website below for the specific date.


The James Madison Foundation offers James Madison Fellowships to a select group of individuals desiring to become outstanding teachers of the American Constitution. This scholarship is aimed at students who are interested in pursuing an M.A. that focuses on politics, American history, or teaching.

Junior Fellowships are awarded to students who are about to complete, or have recently completed, their undergraduate course of study and plan to begin graduate work on a full-time basis. Junior Fellows have two years to complete their degree. The Fellowships are intended exclusively for graduate study leading to a master's degree.

James Madison Fellows can 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 preference): master of arts degree (M.A.) in American history or in political science (also referred to as "government and politics" or as "government"); master of arts in teaching degree (M.A.T.) 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 degree (M.Ed.) 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.

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Award Details

Amount: Tuition and fees for relevant graduate school, up to $24,000 prorated over course of graduate study

Duration: Two years full-time or five years part-time (for senior fellows)

Fields of Study: Education, US politics or government, social studies