Fellowships & Scholarships

James Madison Fellowship

Sponsor: James Madison Memorial Fellowship Foundation

Purpose: The goal of the James Madison Scholarship is to help secondary level teachers of history, government, and social studies to become outstanding educators of the Constitution. This is accomplished by providing support for graduate study focused on the United States Constitution and complementing that with visits to historic sites and meetings with important government officials.


  • $12,000 for one academic year of study covering tuition, required fees, books, and room and board with a maximum amount of $24,000 over two years towards a MA, MAT, or MEd with a focus on American history, government, or political science
  • The Summer Institute — a four-week Summer Institute on the Constitution is held in Washington, D.C. and attended by fellows after their first year of graduate study. The academic focus of the Institute is a graduate course entitled “The Foundations of American Constitutionalism.” Taught by constitutional scholars, this course is a study of the principles, framing, ratification, and implementation of constitutional government in the United States. Additionally, there are meetings with government officials and trips to sites associated with the Constitution, in and around Washington.

Selection Criteria: 

  • 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.

Citizenship: US citizen or US national

Additional Requirements: Must either currently be a teacher or planning to become a teacher of American history, American government, or social studies at the secondary school level (grades 7-12).

Minimum GPA: none stated

Class Year: Senior or Alum

Subject Restrictions: American history, American government, and/or social studies.

National Deadline:  Early March

Campus Deadline: Early February

Nomination/Institutional Endorsement Required? No

Service Requirement: After receiving the master’s degree, each Fellow must teach American history, American government, or social studies in grades 7–12 for one full year for each academic year of aid received under a fellowship, preferably in the state from which the recipient won the fellowship.

Website: http://www.jamesmadison.gov/

General Fields of Study:

  • Social Sciences

Foreign/Domestic: Domestic