Harry S. Truman Scholarship Program

The Harry S. Truman Scholarship is a merit-based award offered to U.S. citizens and U.S. nationals from Pacific Islands who wish to go to graduate school in preparation for a career in public service.


Applicants must be juniors when applying. Alternately, they may be students in their third year who expect to graduate after only three years of study. Students should be in the upper quarter of their class, be United States citizens and have selected an undergraduate field of study which will permit admission to a graduate program leading to a career in public service. Public service is defined here as "participation in government and related public service with an emphasis on potential leadership ability." Candidates must be nominated through GW  [candidates CAN NOT apply directly].

Special Considerations

Nominees are not limited to specific majors as long as a statement of interest in a career in public service which is being pursued through an academic program is planned.


Students will receive up to a total of approximately $30,000 for graduate or professional school expenses.


Applicants for Truman scholarships are required to have GW nomination; the campus nomination process is administered by the Center for Undergraduate Fellowships and Research. Application materials may be downloaded from the scholarship's sample application forms page or obtained from the Center for Undergraduate Fellowships and Research.

Students seeking GW nomination for the Truman scholarship are required to submit a complete application through CUFR's InfoReady portal.  That application includes:

  1. Truman Application Form
  2. Policy proposal
  3. Unofficial GW transcript (issued by the Student Services Hub; no web-based transcripts please)
  4. Three (3) letters of recommendation




To be considered for nomination, a complete application must have been submitted to the Center for Undergraduate Fellowships and Research through its application portal by third Friday of November.

Applications from the selected GW nominees are due at the Truman Scholarship Foundation in first Tuesday in February.


Class Year

  • Junior


  • Multiple


  • English


  • Other

Program Type

  • Graduate Study
  • Public Service


  • North America

GWU Sponsored?


GWU Endorsement Required?


Make an Appointment

To discuss this and other opportunities, schedule an appointment with the Center for Undergraduate Fellowships & Research.