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Madison Graduate Fellowship

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Program Purpose

The James Madison Memorial Fellowship was established by Congress to improve teaching about the U.S. Constitution in secondary schools.

Program Description

The Fellowship supports graduate study of American history by aspiring and experienced secondary school teachers of American history, American government, and social studies. The Foundation offers 2 types of fellowships: JUNIOR FELLOWSHIPS and SENIOR FELLOWSHIPS.

JUNIOR FELLOWSHIPS are for students who are about to complete, or who have completed, their undergraduate degree and plan to begin a master's program on a full-time basis. Junior Fellows have 2 years to complete their master's degree.

SENIOR FELLOWSHIPS are for teachers undertaking a graduate degree on a part-time basis through summer and evening classes. Senior Fellows have up to 5 years to complete their master's degree.

Supported Fields

The fellowship supports the following degree programs: an M.A. in American history or political science, an M.A.T. in Teaching with a concentration in American Constitutional history or American government, political institutions, and political theory, an M.Ed, M.A., or M.S. in Education with a concentration in American history or American government, political institutions, and political theory.


The Fellowship covers up to $24,000 in tuition, fees, books, and room and board – prorated over the 2-year or 5-year master's program.


There is a service requirement associated with this program: Following the fellowship-supported master's degree, Fellows are required to teach American history, American government, or social studies in grades 7-12 for at least 1 year for each academic year of the fellowship.


Graduating seniors, alumni with bachelor's degrees, and alumni with master's degrees at least 3 years out from the degree, who are presently or plan to become secondary school teachers in a supported field.


U.S. citizens or nationals.


Usually March 1.

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