The James Madison Fellowship Program supports future secondary school teachers of American history, American government, or social studies for master's-level study of the roots, framing, principles, and development of the U.S. Constitution. Information on this page pertains to the Junior Fellowships for outstanding college seniors and college graduates without teaching experience. The Fellowship awards up to $24,000 for tuition, fees, books, and living expenses, prorated over the course of graduate study.
Information on this page pertains to the Junior Fellowships for outstanding college seniors and college graduates without teaching experience. The Fellowship awards up to $24,000 for tuition, fees, books, and living expenses, prorated over the course of graduate study.
Fellows may attend any accredited U.S. university that offers the M.A. in American history or political science, M.A.T. in history or social studies, or a related master's degree in education that permits a concentration in U.S. history, government, social studies, or political science. The program must offer courses, graduate seminars, or opportunities for independent study in specified topics directly related to the framing and history of the U.S. Constitution. Doctoral-level study, law degrees, teaching certificates, and study for a master's degree in public affairs or public administration are not eligible.
Candidates must be seniors or recent graduates who are U.S. citizens or nationals with demonstrated records of commitment to civic responsibilities and to professional and collegial activities. They must intend to become secondary American history or social studies teachers. Receipt of the Fellowship confers the obligation to teach American history, government, or social studies in grades 7-12 for no less than one year for each full academic year of study funded by the Fellowship.
Applicants must demonstrate commitment to a career in secondary teaching emphasizing constitutional studies, devotion to civic responsibility, and potential for outstanding classroom teaching.
Interested students should download an application well in advance of the March 1 deadline for receipt of applications and all supporting documents. The application requires an essay on the importance of the Constitution and evaluations attesting to the applicant's academic achievements and potential as a teacher.
Prof. Victor Silverman