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


Application Deadline

March 1, 2024 at 5:00 AM

Duke Contact

James Madison Program Administrator

Quick facts

Academic Discipline

Public Service

Eligibility: Citizenship

U.S. Citizen

When to Apply

Senior Year, Young Alumni

Campus Nomination Required?


Sponsoring Foundation Site



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