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Madison Fellowships


The U.S. Congress created the James Madison Memorial Fellowship Foundation in 1986 to encourage future and current secondary school teachers of American history and government.

The Scholarships

Up to $24,000 to support up to two years of full-time study for prospective teachers ("junior fellows") who wish to earn the master's degree in history or political science or a Master of Arts in Teaching. Madison Fellowships are also available for current teachers ("senior fellows") for up to five years of part-time study for the same degrees. One junior and one senior fellow are appointed in each state. Fellows must take at least 12 semester hours in topics related to the United States Constitution.

Who Should Apply

History, political science, education studies majors with good grades (3.5 in the major) who are earning teacher certification in history or social studies and who wish to earn a master's degree (the Madison does not fund toward doctorate studies) before beginning their teaching career.

Campus Procedure

Interested students should contact Prof. Rick Gay, early in fall of senior year for more information on how to proceed with application.


Three, to be completed and returned to the candidate in a sealed envelope. Two are from faculty members or administrators who can discuss the applicant's potential for and commitment to a career teaching American history or government, potential for graduate study, and the depth of perception; one from someone outside the college who can evaluate the character and public service of the candidate.

The Madison Deadline

The deadline for applications is March 1.

The Madison Process

March 1 deadline for receipt of applications; winners are announced at the end of April.

Learn More

For more information, contact Prof. Rick Gay. For additional resources, contact the Fellowships and Scholarships Program, Center for Career Development at or schedule an appointment through Handshake. Also, visit the official James Madison Graduate Fellowship website.