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Madison Graduate Fellowships

Provides support for two years of graduate study that focuses on the Constitution.


The James Madison Memorial Fellowship Foundation was established by Congress in 1986 to honor Madison's legacy and Madisonian principles by providing support for graduate study that focuses on the Constitution—its history and contemporary relevance to the practices and policies of democratic government.  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 U.S.  Each individual entering the James Madison Fellowship Program will be expected to pursue and complete a master’s degree in one of the following: Master of Arts in American History or Political Science; Master of Arts in Teaching concentrating on either American Constitutional History (in a history department) or American government, political institutions, and political theory (in a political science department); or a Master of Education with a concentration in American history or American government, political institutions and political theory.


SEE ALSO: James C. Gaither Junior Fellows,  Scoville Peace Fellowship, PPIA Fellowship, Truman Scholarship

Selection Criteria

Applicants are evaluated on their demonstrated:

  • Commitment to a career teaching American History, American Government, or Social Studies at the secondary school level;

  • Intent to pursue and complete a program of graduate study that emphasizes the Constitution and offers instruction in that subject;

  • Devotion to civic responsibility;

  • Capacity for study and performance as classroom teachers, and their proposed courses of graduate study.


Applicants must:

  • Be a U.S. citizen or national;

  • Be a teacher, or plan to become a teacher, of American History, American Government, or Social Studies at the secondary school level (grades 7-12);

  • Possess a bachelor’s degree or plan to receive a bachelor’s degree no later than August 31 of the year in which you are applying;

  • Wait at least three years from the time that any previous graduate degree was awarded to apply.

After earning a master’s degree, each James Madison Fellow must teach American History, American Government, or Social Studies in grades 7-12 for no less than one year for each full academic year of study under the fellowship.


The maximum amount of each award is $24,000, prorated over the individual period of study.  Fellowship payments cover the actual costs of tuition, required fees, books, and room and board but cannot exceed $12,000 per academic year.


The fellowship provides support for two years.

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Madison Graduate Fellowships



Internal Selection Deadline (LSU)