Madison Fellowships provide support for graduate study for individuals desiring to become outstanding teachers of the American Constitution its history and contemporary relevance.James Madison is a federally-endowed fellowship program designed to strengthen instruction about the U.S. Constitution at the secondary school level. Graduating seniors without teaching experience who intend to pursue a career in teaching American history or political science can receive funding for two years of master’s level study.
Choice of Graduate School and Degree:
The fellowships are intended exclusively for graduate study leading to a master’s degree. James Madison Fellows may attend any accredited institution of higher education in the United States. Each individual entering the James Madison Fellowship Program will be expected to pursue and complete a master’s degree in one of the following (listed in order of the Foundation’s preference):
–Master of Arts (MA) in American history or in political science (also referred to as “government and politics” or as “government”);
–Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) concentrating on either American Constitutional history (in a history department) or American government, political institutions, and political theory (in a political science department);
–Master of Education (MEd) or the Master of Arts or Master of Science in Education with a concentration in American history or American government, political institutions, and political theory.
At least 12 semester credits (or 18 quarter credits) of constitutional study must be part of the Fellow’s program. Six of these semester credits will be earned in Washington, D.C., by the Fellow at the Foundation’s Summer Institute on the Constitution.
Eligibility: Candidates must; be a U.S. citizen or U.S. national, be a teacher, or plan to become a teacher, of American history, American government, or social studies 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 they are applying and wait at least three years from the time that any previous graduate degree was awarded before applying.
Note: Fellows must agree to teach full-time in a secondary school for no less than one year for each full year of fellowship support.
Application deadline: Early March for following academic year.
See http://www.jamesmadison.com/questions.html for details.
UIS Faculty Representative: Dr. Brian Kahn