Madison Fellowship

Madison Fellowships are offered to teachers and college students striving to become outstanding teachers of the American Constitution.  The scholarship provides support for graduate study that focuses on the Constitution, its history and contemporary relevance to the practices and policies of democratic government.  Recipients have a unique opportunity to strengthen their research, writing, and analytical skills, and, in the process, form professional ties that can significantly influence their careers.
Fellowship applicants compete onnly against other applicants from the states of their legal residence. To be eligible to apply for a fellowship, you must:
  • be a U.S. citizen
  • 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 of application.
American History, Political Science, or Education

Madison Professional Teaching Obligation
After receiving the master's degree, the Madison Foundation requires that 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.
Year of Application
Pre-Application Process
To be recommended as a CMU nominee and to advance in the competition, candidates must complete and submit the pre-application form to the National Scholarship Program.

Application Process

The application consists of a CMU nomination, application form and transcripts.

Application Deadlines
For campus and national deadlines, click here.

Official Website
CMU Contacts
  • Maureen Harke, Ph.D. - Associate Director, National Scholarship Program, (989) 774-3902,
  • Nicole Sparling-Barco, Ph.D., - Director of University Honors and the National Scholarship Program, (989) 774-3902,