Truman Scholarship

Multiple Locations,
United States
Term: Academic Year

Awards merit-based scholarships to college students who plan to pursue careers in government or other areas of public service

The Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation awards merit-based scholarships to college students who plan to pursue careers in government or other areas of public service. Recognizing excellent scholarship, leadership potential and public service commitment, Truman Scholarships provide support for graduate or professional school study toward a degree that will prepare a recipient for a public service career.

Each Truman Scholarship provides up to $30,000 in support for graduate study toward a public service-related degree, participation in leadership development programs, and access to internships arranged by the Foundation.


Truman Scholarship candidates must be U.S. citizens or U.S. nationals who are full-time juniors at four-year undergraduate institutions and in the top quarter of their class. Candidates must also be nominated into the national competition from their undergraduate institution.

Selection criteria

The Truman seeks candidates who:

  • have extensive records of public and community service;

  • have outstanding leadership potential and communication skills; and
  • are committed to careers in government or other areas of public service.

University nomination

Columbia University may nominate a total of seven eligible undergraduates for consideration each year (four traditional students and three transfer students). Students in Columbia College, Columbia Engineering and the School of General Studies who will be current juniors at the time of application are eligible. The internal campus competition places students into consideration for nomination. Students may not apply directly for this fellowship without first having been nominated.

To apply, first register your candidacy with Columbia by clicking "Start Your Application" and completing the questionnaire. Following this, a login to the Truman application portal will be provided by a Fellowship Advisor. All application materials must be completed by the internal deadline. Your three letters of recommendation must be submitted directly to by the internal deadline.

Fact Sheet

Arts and Architecture, Foreign Language Learning, Humanities, Social Sciences, STEM
Columbia College, Columbia Engineering, Columbia General Studies, Junior, U.S. Citizen
Fellowship Type:
Postgraduate Degree-Seeking, Public Service
Multiple Locations,
United States
North America
Academic Year

Dates & Deadlines

Academic Year
Application Deadline: 
Tuesday, January 7, 2020
Admissions Decision Date: 
Program Dates: 
Internal deadline