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Truman Scholarship

Open to US citizens only

Deadline: November 14 2022

Please review this step-by-step guide to the Truman process for potential applicants!

Truman Scholarship

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The Truman Scholarship awards merit-based $30,000 scholarships to college juniors who are US citizens and who plan to pursue careers in government or in public service (broadly defined), and who wish to attend graduate or professional school to help prepare for their careers.  Scholars may attend graduate or professional school in the United States or internationally.

Applicants should be “change agents,” with a demonstrated passion for improving the ways that government agencies, nonprofit organizations, or educational institutions serve the public. Applicants should be active participants in two or more of the following types of activities:

  • Student government and/or campus-based extracurricular activities
  • Community service-related activities that are not organized by a school or a fraternity/sorority
  • Government internships, commissions or boards, advocacy or interest groups, nonpartisan political activities, military/ROTC
  • Partisan political activities and campaigns


Penn Application Deadline:  Monday, November 14, 2022 at 4:00 pm EST 

*Meet Penn's Priority Deadline of Monday, October 17 at 4:00 pm to receive a review of your full application by CURF. 

Penn’s Application Process (application opens August 1, 2022)

The Truman Scholarship accepts nominations from institutions – students may not apply independently. To apply to be one of Penn’s nominees, you must complete the following steps by Penn’s Internal Application Deadline of Monday, November 14, 2022 at 4:00 pm.

  • Visit the Truman candidate website to download and complete the fillable .doc sample application forms for the 2022 competition. You will submit these completed forms (application and policy proposal) and an unofficial transcript in one .pdf when you are ready to submit your application for the first step in Penn's nomination process.
  • As soon as you have arranged for letters of recommendation, fill out a CURF Fellowships Nomination Request where you will be able to request letters of recommendation from your selected recommenders. 
  • Applicants may submit the Policy Proposal portion of the application for review by CURF. Follow instructions for Draft Review.
  • COMPLETE the sample application forms and SUBMIT your 1) sample application.doc, 2)   policy-page_1.doc, 3) policy-page_2.doc, and 4) copy of your transcript in ONE .pdf file to https://curf-upenn.smapply.io/prog/lst/  CURF’s "Fellowships Nomination Request"
  • Nominated students will receive further instructions in December.


Contact Information

Dr. Angie Estévez
Center for Undergraduate Research and Fellowships 
The ARCH, 3601 Locust Walk 
Philadelphia, PA 19104-6224
You may schedule an appointment with Dr. Estévez

Fellowship Availability

During Undergraduate

Fellowship Type

Graduate Study

Fellowship Eligibility