The Truman Scholarship Program recognizes students with interests in graduate or professional study and careers in public affairs and public service.

More information on the Truman Scholarship.

Info Sessions

Truman Scholars Talk with Maddie Orcutt’16 and Kate Hamilton ‘15.5 (recorded 10/20)


Up to $30,000 for three years of graduate and professional study.

Service Requirement: Scholars are required to work in public service for three of the seven years following completion of a Foundation-funded graduate degree program as a condition of receiving Truman funds.

Number Offered

600-700 applicants; 55-65 scholarships awarded. Middlebury may nominate up to four candidates.


Students who are juniors at the time of application—February of each year—must be nominated by Middlebury College. Nominees must be United States citizens, and must intend to enroll in a graduate program leading to a career in government, the nonprofit or advocacy sectors, education or elsewhere in the public service. Students must be in the top quartile of their class, generally requiring a GPA of 3.7 or better.


Nomination application deadline is November 10, Truman final deadline is in February.

Application Process

To apply, you must be nominated by Middlebury. Please note that we are moving to a new online application system this fall. We will update this page by Nov 4 to confirm whether you will apply through the new online platform or through the email method outlined below. The materials needed for the nomination application will be the same, so you can begin working on the application now. If you have questions, email fellowships@middlebury.edu.

To be nominated, interested candidates must submit the following as a pdf file to fellowships@middlebury.edu by the internal deadline above:

  • A current resume (include awards and honors, employment, internships, public service, community activities)

  • A copy of your advising transcript from BannerWeb

  • Completed Truman Preliminary Application

Also, submit the online Fellowships Permissions and Waiver Form

Selected nominees will solicit letters of recommendation and work with the fellowships advisor to prepare for the final Truman submission deadline in February.


Lisa Gates, Associate Dean for Fellowships and Research
Davis Family Library 225G
(802) 443-3183

Center for Teaching, Learning, and Research
Davis Family Library, Suite 225
Middlebury, VT 05753