Funding for graduate study for careers in public service


November 3, 2023

12:00PM EST (noon)

Timeline for Applying



Award recipients


Carlee Goldberg

Class of 2022, Truman Scholar, Mount Vernon Leadership Fellow

Kushal Kadakia

Rhodes Scholar, Truman Scholar

Daisy Almonte

Truman Scholar

Quick facts

Academic Discipline



US Citizen, Permanent Resident





Endorsement Required


Award Amount

The Foundation awards $30,000 merit-based scholarships to college students who wish to attend graduate school in preparation for careers in government or elsewhere in public service.


The Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation awards college students who wish to attend graduate school in preparation for careers in government, the nonprofit or advocacy sectors, education, or elsewhere in public service. They will receive leadership training, graduate school counseling, preferential admission, and merit based aid to some premier graduate institutions, and internship opportunities with federal agencies. Scholars are required to work in public service for three of seven years following completion of a Foundation funded graduate degree program as a condition of receiving funding. The Foundation defines public service as employment in government at any level, uniformed services, public-interest organizations, nongovernmental research and/or educational organizations, public and private school, and public service oriented non-profit organizations. Generally speaking, if you plan a career in an organization that is designated as .org, .edu, .gov, or .mil you may qualify. Duke may nominate four students annually.


A Truman scholarship nominee must be:

  • A junior pursuing a bachelor’s degree at a four-year institution;
  • Nominated by the Truman Scholarship Faculty Representative at his or her respective institution;
  • A United States citizen, permanent resident or a United States national from American Samoa or the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands. Resident aliens (green card holders) are not eligible.

A good candidate for the Truman Scholarship also:

  • Has an extensive record of public and community service;
  • Has outstanding leadership potential and communication skills; and
  • Is committed to careers in government or elsewhere in public service.
  • Demonstrates a clear understanding of future goals.


Process for Duke's Truman Scholarship Nomination 2023
Connect with an OUSF advisor to learn about the application process Schedule an Appointment

Open office hours every Monday at 4:00pm, or by appointment

Submit Application Interest FormCurrent StudentAnytime - the earlier, the better!
Work on application materials and check in with NCS and faculty advisers October - November
Deadline for complete Campus Applications, including uploading transcript, and all essaysComing SoonFriday, November 3, 12p.m. (noon)
Deadline for all letters of recommendationncs-ousf@duke.eduFriday, November 3, 12p.m. (noon)
Duke nominees named by NCS Mid-December


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