While there is no internal Earlham process for the Madison Fellowship, you are encouraged to let the Graduate Fellowship Committee know that you are applying, and you are welcome to seek our help during the application process.
Who May Apply
Applicants must currently possess or plan to receive a bachelor's degree no later than August 31 in the year of application, and must either be or plan to become a teacher of American history, American government, or social studies at the secondary school level. Those with a graduate degree must wait at least three years from the time that degree was awarded before applying for a Fellowship. February 15 is the deadline for requesting applications.
Application Pool Description
Each year, the Foundation selects at least one James Madison Fellow, either junior or senior, from each state, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, and, considered as a single entity, Guam, the U.S. Virgin Islands, American Samoa, and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands. Funds permitting, more than one fellowship may be awarded in jurisdictions with larger populations.
Open to U.S. citizens or U.S. nationals. James Madison Fellows are expected to pursue and complete a master's degree in one of the following (in order of preference): Master of Arts degree (M.A.) in American history or in political science (also referred to as "government and politics" or as "government"); Master of Arts in Teaching degree (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 degree (M.Ed.) 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 earning a master's degree, each James Madison Fellow must teach American history, American government, or social studies in grades 7-12 for no less than one year for each full academic year of study under the fellowship.
Award Description and Duration
The Fellowships are intended exclusively for graduate study leading to a master's degree at any accredited institution of higher education in the United States. Individual awards range to $24,000, prorated over the period of study, thus making the James Madison Fellowship the leading award for secondary level teachers undertaking the study of the Constitution. Fellowship payments, not in excess of $12,000 an academic year, cover the actual costs of tuition, required fees, books, and room and board.
Application Requirements and Deadline
- A 600-word essay in which the applicant explains his or her belief that the study of the Constitution is of sufficient importance to be an essential part of secondary school education.
- Evidence of past academic achievement.
- Recommendations from faculty, supervisors, colleagues or other professional persons who can attest to your intellectual and personal qualifications.
March 1 is the final deadline.
The Foundation names and notifies James Madison Fellows in mid to late April.