Note: If you are interested in applying for the Madision Fellowship, please contact Dr. Dorothy Hendricks. She serves as the faculty representative for the Madison Fellowship.
Fellowship applications are due March 1st of each year.
Established by Congress in 1986, the James Madison Memorial Fellowship was designed to help individuals become outstanding teachers of the US Constitution. It helps provide master’s training in American history, American government, and social studies education for those who teach or plan to teach at the secondary school (high school) level. A maximum award of $24,000, prorated over the individual period of study, to cover tuition, fees, books, and room & board is offered to selected fellows. The Foundation awards two types of fellowships: Junior Fellowships are awarded to students who are about to complete or have completed their undergraduate work and are planning to work on their graduate course full-time; Senior Fellowships are awarded to teachers who wish to undertake graduate work on a part-time basis. Junior fellows who are pursuing their master’s degree full-time have two years to complete their degree; Senior fellows have up to five years.
To be eligible, applicants must be citizens who demonstrate a commitment to civic responsibilities and professional and collegial activities and qualify for admission with graduate standing to an accredited US institution with a qualifying master’s degree program. A qualifying master’s degree program would be an M.A. in American history or political science; an M.A.T. with a concentration in American Constitutional history, American government, American political institutions or political theory; or an M.Ed. or M.A. or M.S. in Education with a concentration listed above.
Applicants compete against other applicants from their state of legal residence and are evaluated on their demonstrated commitment to a career teaching American history. government, or social studies at the secondary school level, demonstrated intent to pursue and complete a graduate program of study that emphasizes the Constitution, demonstrated devotion to civic responsibility, demonstrated capacity for study and performance as classroom teachers, and proposed courses of graduate study.