Application period: September 17, 2021 to March 1, 2022 
Recommender deadline: March 8, 2022 (3:00 p.m. PT)

Eligibility requirements:

  • 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 level
  • Bachelor's degree before program start date

Award summary and conditions: Congress established The James Madison Memorial Fellowship Foundation in 1986 to improve teaching the United States Constitution in secondary schools. The James Madison Fellowships were created to honor Madison's legacy and 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. 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 form
  • Transcripts
  • Constitutional essay (600 words max.)  
  • Letters of recommendation (3)*

* Students list 3 recommenders and their email addresses in their application. The system will then generate an email to each recommender giving them instructions.

Faculty representative: Keith Raether

Announcement date: James Madison Fellows are named by the Foundation and notified of their selection in April.