Madison Graduate Fellowship

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Program Purpose: 

The James Madison Memorial Fellowship was established by Congress to improve teaching about the U.S. Constitution in secondary schools.

Program Description: 

The Fellowship supports graduate study of American history by aspiring and experienced secondary school teachers of American history, American government, and social studies. The Foundation offers 2 types of fellowships: JUNIOR FELLOWSHIPS and SENIOR FELLOWSHIPS. JUNIOR FELLOWSHIPS are for students who are about to complete, or who have completed, their undergraduate degree and plan to begin a master's program on a full-time basis. Junior Fellows have 2 years to complete their master's degree. SENIOR FELLOWSHIPS are for teachers undertaking a graduate degree on a part-time basis through summer and evening classes. Senior Fellows have up to 5 years to complete their master's degree.

Supported Fields: 

The fellowship supports the following degree programs: an M.A. in American history or political science, an M.A.T. in Teaching with a concentration in American Constitutional history or American government, political institutions, and political theory, an M.Ed, M.A., or M.S. in Education with a concentration in American history or American government, political institutions, and political theory.

Program Benefits: 

The Fellowship covers up to $24,000 in tuition, fees, books, and room and board – prorated over the 2-year or 5-year master's program.


Graduating seniors, alumni with bachelor's degrees, and alumni with master's degrees at least 3 years out from the degree, who are presently or plan to become secondary school teachers in a supported field.


There is a service requirement associated with this program: Following the fellowship-supported master's degree, Fellows are required to teach American history, American government, or social studies in grades 7-12 for at least 1 year for each academic year of the fellowship.


U.S. citizens or nationals.

Program Deadline: 

Usually March 1

How To Apply: 

Students or alumni, as applicable, may apply directly to this program. Applicants are encouraged, however, to work with SF State's fellowship advisor well in advance of the program deadline to perfect their application essays and other materials.

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Fellowships Office

Dr. Joy Viveros

Phone: 415.405.2128
Reception: Grad Stop, ADM 250 
1600 Holloway Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94132