Truman Scholars want to work in government, education, the nonprofit sector, or the public interest/advocacy sector; commit to work in public service for three of the first seven years after completing a Foundation-funded graduate degree; and would like to get a master’s degree, a doctorate, or a professional degree such as a law degree or a Master of Public Administration, Master of Public Health, Master of Social Work, Master of Education, Master of Public Policy, or Master of International Affairs.

Fellowship website:

Level of study: Graduate

General location of study: Domestic

Specific location, if applicable (country and/or institution): Various

Requires campus endorsement/nomination?: Yes

Campus application deadline (if applicable): Mid January

Final application deadline (check fellowship website for specific yearly date): Early February

General fields of study/professional interests: Humanities, Social Sciences, Professional School, Public Service

Other specific criteria: Must be a U.S. citizen (by date scholarship is awarded) or U.S. national; must apply during junior year; should have participated extensively in two or more of the following sets of activities: student government and/or campus-based extracurricular activities; community service-related activities that were not organized by school or by fraternity/sorority; government internships, commissions or boards, advocacy or interest groups, nonpartisan political activities, or military/ROTC; partisan political activities and campaigns.