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The goal of the James Madison Fellowship is to help secondary level history, government, and civics teachers to become outstanding educators of the U.S. Constitution


America’s most prestigious award in constitutional history and government for secondary teachers.

Portrait of James Madison

James Madison Graduate Fellowships

The James Madison Memorial Fellowship Foundation offers $24,000 James Madison Graduate Fellowships to individuals desiring to become outstanding teachers of the American Constitution at the secondary school level. Fellowship applicants compete only against other applicants from the states of their legal residence. As funding permits, the Foundation plans to offer one fellowship per state per year.

Applications for 2022 Fellowships will open on Constitution Day, September 17, 2021. Select “Notify Me” below to get an update when it is live. The deadline to submit the 2022 application is March 1, 2022.

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James Madison Fellows Speak about the Fellowship Program

A brief introduction to the James Madison Fellowship program provided by actual James Madison Fellows.

Former Secretary of Education speaks about his experience being a James Madison Fellow

John B. King, Jr., New Jersey Fellow, President and CEO of the Education Trust and former Secretary of Education.

Former National Council for the Social Studies President speaks about the James Madison Graduate Fellowship

Hear from Peggy Jackson, New Mexico Fellow, on how the program has impacted her career.

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The James Madison Education Fund Inc. is a private, non-profit organization founded in 1994 as a partner organization to the James Madison Memorial Fellowship Foundation with a mission to encourage study of the United States Constitution, its roots, its formation, its principles, and its development. The James Madison Education Fund Inc. is privately funded through your generous donations.

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