Up to $24,000 to support graduate study in history, government, or teaching at any university in the US


James Madison Program Administrator

Quick facts

Academic Discipline

Public Service


U.S. Citizen


Senior Year, Young Alumni



Endorsement Required


Award Amount

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.


The James Madison Foundation funds graduate study for future teachers of American history, government, or civics with a particular focus on the Constitution. Approximately 50 awards are given, one per state.


The fellowship provides up to $24,000 toward tuition, required fees, books, room and board. Fellows also attend a summer institute in which they intensively study the American Constitution and visit historic sites associated with the institutions of the American government.


  • Be a U.S. citizen
  • Be a teacher, or plan to become a teacher, of American history, American government, or civics classes where you will teach topics on the Constitution at the secondary school level (grades 7–12)
  • Possess a bachelor’s degree or plan to receive a bachelor’s degree no later than August 31 of the year in which you are applying

Selection Criteria

  •  Committment to a career teaching American history, government, or civics at the grades 7-12 level, with special emphasis on teaching topics on the Constitution
  • Devotion to civic responsibility
  • Capacity for study and performance as a classroom teacher