National deadline: March 1, 2016 (online application)
March 4, 2016 5 PM (recommendation letters)
- U.S. citizen or U.S. national
- Teach currently, or plan to become a teacher, of American history, American government, or social studies at the secondary school level (grades 7-12).
- 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 before applying for a James Madison Fellowship
Award summary and conditions: The James Madison Memorial Fellowship Foundation was established by Congress in 1986 for the purpose of improving teaching about the United States Constitution in secondary schools. The James Madison Fellowships were created 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 benefits of the fellowship program are manifold and lasting. Fellowship recipients have a unique opportunity to strengthen their research, writing, and analytical skills. In the process they form professional ties that can significantly influence their career aspirations. Fellows gain a deeper understanding of the principles of constitutional government which they in turn transmit to their students. In this way the James Madison Fellowships ensure that the spirit and practical wisdom of the Constitution will guide the actions of future generations of American citizens.
Professional Teaching Obligation: 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.
Financial Aspects of the Award: 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. Normally, Fellows receive less than these maximum amounts.
Application process: online
Application requirements: Application available at: https://jamesmadison.scholarsapply.org/Register
Faculty representative: Keith Raether
Announcement date: James Madison Fellows are named by the Foundation and notified of their selection in April.