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Truman Scholarship

Open to US citizens only

Deadline: November 15 2021

Check out this step-by-step guide to the Truman process for potential applicants!

Truman Scholarship

The Truman Scholarship awards merit-based $30,000 scholarships to college juniors 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: November 15, 2021

Please join us for the upcoming Truman Information Session and Scholar Panel 

Penn’s Application Process

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 November 15, 2021

  • Interested candidates should contact Dr. Angie Estevez by October 15 in order to obtain access to the Truman online application. 
  • 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.
  • Submit your application materials through the Truman online application system.
  • Nominated students will receive further instructions.  


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


Fellowship Type

Graduate Study

Fellowship Eligibility