The James Madison Memorial Fellowship Foundation is offering $24,000 James Madison Graduate Fellowships to outstanding college seniors and college graduates without teaching experience, former or current teachers and international students desiring to become outstanding teachers of the American Constitution at the secondary school level.
The James Madison Graduate Fellowships will open on Constitution Day, September 17, and close on March 1, each year. The Foundation offers two types of fellowships:
- Junior Fellowships are awarded to outstanding college seniors and college graduates without teaching experience intending to become secondary school teachers of American history, American government, or civics classes in grades 7–12.
- Senior Fellowships are awarded to outstanding former or current teachers who are required to complete graduate study within five calendar years of part-time study.
- Frederick Douglass-James Madison Fellowship is also available but it is a privately funded graduate fellowship offered to other international students.
The fellowships are intended exclusively for graduate study leading to a master’s degree in any accredited institution of higher education in the United States in the following areas:
- Master of Arts (MA)in American history, political science, or government.
- Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT)concentrating on either American Constitutional history (in a history department) or American government, political institutions, and political theory (in a political science department). MAT degrees without required constitutional coursework cannot be approved.
- Master of Education (MED)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
Each award is $24,000, prorated over the period of study to cover actual costs of tuition, required fees, and books (as well as room and board if required to live away from your principal residence), and are made only for the minimum number of credits required for the award of the degree.
Fellowship applicants compete only against other applicants from the state of their legal residence. To be eligible to apply for the James Madison Graduate Fellowships, you must:
- Be a U.S. citizen.
- Be a teacher, or plan to become a teacher, of American history, American government, or civics classes where you will teach topics on the Constitution 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
Professional Teaching Obligation
After receiving the master’s degree, each Fellow must teach American history, American government, or civics where you will teach topics on the Constitution in grades 7–12 for one full year for each academic year of funding received under a fellowship, preferably in the state from which you were awarded the fellowship.
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To apply for the James Madison Graduate Fellowships, candidates are to complete an online application by:
- First registering on the Application page.
- Once you have completed your registration, the application process could take up to several hours to complete.
- You can save your work and return to where you left off at any time (before the application deadline).
- Then follow the steps until you finish your application.
- Application Deadline: March 1, yearly.