The James Madison Fellowship Program was created to address a particularly pressing need in the field of secondary education. This is the fundamental need to teach young people, who will be tomorrow’s citizens, knowledge and understanding of the basic principles of limited government and constitutional liberty on which individual freedom and public good depend.
Fellowships support students pursuing a Master’s degree in fields related to the U.S. Constitution.Fellowship awards total up to $24,000. The James Madison Fellowship offers Junior Fellowships to college seniors and college graduates with no teaching experience, and Senior Fellowships to current teachers. After receiving a Master’s degree, Junior Fellows must teach American history/government in grades 7-12.
Candidates compete against other candidates within each state. Typically, each year, one award is given per state.
Who can apply: Seniors who plan on teaching American government or history.