Truman Scholarships

The Truman Foundation is the nation’s official living memorial to our thirty-third president and The Presidential Memorial to Public Service. President Truman did not want a bricks and mortar monument. Instead, he encouraged a living memorial that would give life to the values of service that had animated his career. In that spirit, the Truman Foundation is a place that nurtures and supports future generations who answer the call to public service leadership.

The hallmark of the Foundation’s work is the Truman Scholarship, the premier graduate fellowship in the United States, providing up to $30,000 to apply toward graduate study in the U.S. or abroad in a wide variety of fields.


  • US Citizen or US national
  • GPA in the top 25% of your class. However, it is possible that the Truman will waive that requirement in light of genuinely exceptional public service
  • Full-time student pursuing a bachelor’s degree with junior-level academic standing
  • Institutional endorsement

Application Process

Interested students should request to join Georgetown’s Truman listserv by contacting and attend an information session early in the fall semester.

In October of your junior year, you will submit your application for nomination to the Truman Scholars Selection Committee. The Committee will invite a number of students to interview, and then nominate four students for University endorsement. Endorsed students will work closely with the Center for Research and Fellowships on their final applications.

Application for Nomination Components:

Students must complete the Truman Application on-line. To request access, contact the Center for Research and Fellowships.


  • Internal Scholarship Deadline: October 2021. Applications should be sent as ONE pdf document to The internal Truman Selection Committee will then choose applicants to be interviewed. Up to four non-transfer applicants AND up to three transfer applicants will then be selected to be Georgetown’s nominees to apply for the Truman Scholarship.
  • External Scholarship Deadline: February 2022

Students interested in the Truman should contact Dr. Laura Perille at

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