This scholarship is available to U.S. citizens and U.S. nationals who are current teachers, or who plan to become a teacher of American history, American government, or social studies at the secondary school level and have earned an undergraduate degree by August 31st of the competition year.

Two types of Fellowships are offered in this contest:

  • Junior Fellowships – awarded to students who are about to complete, or have completed, their undergraduate course of study and intent to pursue full-time graduate work
  • Senior Fellowships – awarded to teachers who want to pursue graduate studies on a part-time basis through summer and evening classes.

After earning the master’s degree, a James Madison Fellow is required to teach American history, American government, or social studies in grades 7-12 for one year per each full year of study under the fellowship.


The maximum amount of each award is $24,000.  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.

How to apply:

You may obtain further information and applications by visiting, by emailing, or calling 1-800-525-6928.


Deadline indicated on website.  Completed application packets should be sent to the following address:

James Madison Fellowship Program
2201 North Dodge Street
P.O. Box 4030
Iowa City, IA 52243-4030