WANTED: Troublemakers, Policy Wonks, and Change Agents

UI Undergraduate Fellowships is recruiting college juniors with uncommon leadership and/or advocacy experience, a clear(ish) sense of what they want to change about the world, and a commitment to figuring out what they need to do exactly that.

If you are someone who is thinking through, reading about, and taking action to resolve (even in small, every-day ways) complex social, cultural, and economic problems, we want to talk to you about the Truman Scholarship and the financial support, professional training, and community that comes with it.

The mission of the Harry S. Truman Foundation

is to recognize college juniors with exceptional leadership potential who are committed to careers in government, the nonprofit or advocacy sectors, education or elsewhere in the public service; and to provide them with financial support for graduate study, leadership training, and fellowship with other students who are committed to making a difference through public service. The Truman Foundation defines public service as future employment in:

  • government at any level,
  • uniformed services,
  • public-interest organizations,
  • nongovernmental research and/or educational organizations,
  • public and private schools, and
  • public service-oriented nonprofit organizations.

Resources for Prospective Applicants:

  • UI Undergraduate Fellowships Opportunity Profile - This is a handy outline of our eligibility requirements and steps in the campus application process.  It also includes links to key resources we expect every campus applicant to be familiar with early in the advising relationship. PDF iconHarry S. Truman Full Opportunity Profile - 2017-18.pdf
  • In recruiting and supporting Truman candidates, the mission of the Truman Foundation and the organization's vision for what being a "public servant" should mean is really influential.  Because of this influence, I want to make sure that all of our prospective candidates are familiar with this piece: PDF iconTruman Scholarship Mission.pdf.
  • What does 40 years of supporting the work and study of young public servants mean to scholars? Click here to watch a celebration of the Harry S. Truman Scholarship's 40th Anniversary and get a sense of what "being a Truman" means to past scholars.
  • Are you a strong candidate for the Truman Scholarship? This checklist can help you begin a conversation with yourself that we hope you will continue with the DSD, a faculty mentor, or a departmental advisor who is familiar with the fellowship. Students often define qualifying experiences differently than funding organizations, so we see this tool as a conversation starter instead of an assessment used to discourage students from exploring their connection with the Truman Foundation's mission.
  • Application to represent the University of Iowa in the 2019 Truman Scholarship Competition: FileTruman Scholarship - UI Campus Nomination Application Form - 2018-19.docx
  • Aren't sure where to get started when it comes to your campus application essays? I encourage everyone to work with me prior to our campus deadline.  I also ask prospective applicants to work through a handful of questions that typically generate useful content and momentum for application development. To get started, go to PDF iconSD Survey - UI Undergrad Fellowships.pdf.


Applying for Campus Nomination:

  • Students: To submit your campus application package to our Director of Scholar Development and the Undergraduate Fellowships Committee for consideration, share an electronic copy of each of the components listed in the application for campus nomination EXCEPT letters of recommendation to kelly-thornburg@uiowa.edu in a SINGLE message titled “Last Name, First Name – 2018-19 Truman Scholarship Campus Application”.
  • Recommenders: Your referees should share their confidential letters of recommendation with the UFC electronically by emailing the documents to kelly-thornburg@uiowa.edu. If campus applicants or referees are not able to meet the established date, they should contact the Director of Scholar Development directly to discuss an alternative timeline.


Resources for Recommenders:


To view a list of the University of Iowa's past Truman winners and finalists, click here