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James Madison Memorial Fellowship

Each year the Madison Foundation selects one James Madison Fellow from each state to award a maximum amount of $24,000 for two years of graduate study in programs that prepare students for the teaching of the U.S. Constitution in secondary schools.

Fellows, after completing their master’s degree, must teach for no less than one year for each year of fellowship support in a secondary school. Madison fellows also receive six graduate credits for one summer month of study at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C.


Prospective candidates must

  1. be a U.S. citizen or a U.S. national,
  2. plan to become a teacher of American history, American government, political science or social studies at the secondary education level, and
  3. possess a bachelor’s degree not later than Aug. 31 of the year you are applying.


  1. Applications can be downloaded from the Madison website.
  2. Notify this office of your desire to apply by Jan. 1, Dr. Karen Youmans,, 208-5680.
  3. Applicants are selected on the basis of their commitment to secondary education, demonstrated devotion to civic responsibility, demonstrated capacity for performance as a classroom teacher, and their proposed plan for graduate study.
  4. Provide three recommendation letters with application materials.
  5. For review of your application submit to this office by Feb. 1
  6. Madison application March 1.

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