Award $30,000 for graduate study
Eligibility must be a sophomore at time of PSSC deadline
Preliminary Application

NYU internal deadline - November 1, 2022

Preliminary application to be launched by September 15


NYU is no longer soliciting applicants for the 2022 Truman competition. Details for the NYU 2022 Public Service Summer Cohort, which includes information about the application process for the 2023 Truman competition, will be released in early Spring 2022.

Candidates must:

  • be an undergraduate sophomore at the time of NYU deadline
  • be a U.S. citizen or national
  • demonstrate significant leadership and a commitment to public service
  • plan to build a career in public service


The Truman is a merit-based award offered to US citizens and nationals who want to go to graduate school in preparation for a career in public service. Truman Scholars have been recognized as future "change agents." They have the passion, intellect, and leadership potential that should enable them to improve the ways that public entities - be they government agencies, nonprofit organizations, public and private educational institutions, or advocacy organizations - serve the public good.

The Truman website will answer all your queries about eligibility etc. If you have a question about the details of your application, please check with the website before emailing us at

NYU's Endorsement Process

Any student wishing to apply for the Truman Scholarship is expected to apply for and be accepted into the Public Service Summer Cohort (PSSC) for the summer between their sophomore and junior years.  The PSSC typically involves regular meetings throughout the summer.  In these sessions, students receive training and support on narrative development, understanding public service trajectories, essay writing, and more. Completing the PSSC is a prerequisite for receiving NYU’s endorsement.  The PSSC application is typically released in early spring semester with a deadline in late March/early April.

Late applicants will be considered on a case-by-case basis.  If you have missed the preliminary deadline for the PSSC and would like to be considered for the Truman Scholarship, contact the Director of Global Awards as soon as possible.

This process is only for students from New York City campuses.  Students from NYU Abu Dhabi and NYU Shanghai should contact the Global Awards office on their campus for information about that campus’s Truman process.