General Description

A fellowship program to improve teaching about the U.S. constitution in secondary schools. Supports study for master’s degrees in education, political science, American history, and American government.

Disciplines Supported

Secondary school education, American history, American government, political science, social sciences.


Fellowship payments cover the costs of tuition, fees, books, and room and board but cannot exceed $12,000 per academic year. Fellows have two years to complete their degree, so the maximum award is $24,000.

Minimum Qualifications

The applicant must:

  • Be a U.S. citizen or U.S. national.
  • Plan to become a teacher of American history, American government, or social studies at the secondary school level.
  • Receive a bachelor’s degree by August 31 of the year in which he or she is applying. Current teachers are also eligible; see the James Madison Web site below for more information.


Completed applications must be received no later than March 1 of each year.

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