At a Glance


James Madison Memorial Fellowship Foundation

The James Madison Memorial Fellowship Foundation provides fellowships for graduate education related to teaching the U.S. Constitution. Fellowships are awarded annually to one secondary teacher (or pre-service teacher) from each state as well as from Washington, DC, Puerto Rico, and (as a unit) Guam, the U.S. Virgin Islands, American Samoa, and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands.

The fellowship was created to improve the teaching of the U.S. Constitution, as well as to offer professional development to passionate educators.

Fellows can receive up to $12,000 a year and $24,000 total. In return, fellows agree to teach U.S. government, U.S. history, or social studies for one year per year of funding. Fellows are also expected to attend a summer institute in Washington, DC.

The foundation was created in the 1980s by Congress, and exists within the Executive Branch of the United States.

The foundation website is a useful teaching resource as well. A visit will provide you with Constitutional history lesson plans, many of which are by previous fellows, and links to websites on James Madison and the Constitution.