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CU Application Process

Important Dates

January 7, 2020 Deadline: Application due to the Fellowship Coordinator. See below for details
January      Campus endorsement committee reviews applications and selects up to four applicants to be endorsed to the Foundation. Applicants are notified of endorsement decisions by the fellowship coordinator.
January 30, 2020 Deadline: FINAL SUBMISSION of endorsed applicants' materials to the Fellowship Coordinator
February 4, 2020 Foundation electronic receipt deadline for applicants' materials
February-March Finalists are chosen and invited for interviews
Mid-April Truman Scholars are posted on Foundation Web site
April 2020 Cornell Fellowships Reception for all endorsed applicants.

Application Process

Students’ Truman applications must be processed and endorsed through the CCS fellowships office to be eligible for the competition at the regional and/or national level. Endorsement decisions are final and not subject to appeal.

Application materials are available from the Truman Foundation website apply and to discuss their candidacy. Call 607-255-6931 to schedule an appointment.


The Fellowship Coordinator will forward your application materials to the Cornell Endorsement Committee. Make sure that you read the fine print on the application forms and that you have filled in all the blanks as you would for the final submission. All materials must arrive to 103 Barnes Hall by 2:00 pm on January 7, 2020.

Submit to the Fellowship Coordinator:

  • Waivers and memoranda of understanding (available from Cornell fellowships office)
  • Nominee Information Form
  • Public Policy Analysis
  • Official transcript(s) from each institution attended

You must provide official transcripts. The Fellowship Coordinator may not request transcripts on your behalf.

  • Three letters of recommendation

    Letters should be accompanied by the form provided in the application.
    Each of the three recommendations serves a distinct purpose. One should discuss your commitment to a career in public service; one should discuss your leadership abilities and potential; one should discuss your intellect and prospects for continuing academic success. The Fellowship Coordinator can provide advice on choosing recommenders.

Four applicants may be endorsed by the on-campus committee. The campus committee may offer the nominees advice on how to improve their materials for final submission. Nominees submit the final version of their applications to the Fellowship Coordinator by January 30, 2020, for approval before the online/submission receipt date of February 4, 2020.