Syracuse University

Center for Fellowship & Scholarship Advising

Madison Fellowship

About the Madison Fellowship

“What spectacle can be more edifying or more seasonable, than that of Liberty & Learning, each leaning on the other for their mutual and surest support?”
— James Madison, Jr.

The Madison Foundation aims to “help our nation’s teachers improve and perfect their professional skills by gaining content knowledge of the Constitution.” Junior Fellowships, are awarded to college seniors and graduates who wish to become secondary school teachers of American history, American government, or social studies for full-time graduate study toward a master’s degree. Junior Fellows are eligible for up to two calendar years of support for the following degrees (listed in order of 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.

After receiving the master’s degree, each Fellow must teach American history, American government, or social studies in grades 7–12 for one full year for each academic year of funding received under a fellowship, preferably in the state from which the recipient won the fellowship.

Senior Fellowships are also available for current teachers to pursue graduate study.

Special Location of award, if applicable:

Eligible applicants:

• are U.S. citizens or U.S. nationals
• are teachers, or plan to become teachers, 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
• must wait at least three years from the time that any previous graduate degree was awarded before applying for a James Madison Fellowship

Student year:

Student year at time of application:  Graduate

University endorsement required?


Citizenship requirement:

Must be U.S. citizen

The Madison Fellowship application process:

Begin by identifying appropriate graduate degree programs. Work closely with faculty in the School of Education as well as scholarship advisors from CFSA in developing your application.

The application deadline in March 1st. Contact a CFSA advisor to get started!

Advising contact:

Jolynn Parker  Email:
More Information:

Enter any terms you are interested, such as “Government” or “Biotechnology”,