Truman Democracy Fellows

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The Truman Democracy Fellows Program consists of a series of workshops led by senior figures with experience in electoral politics, primarily Trumans but others as well. 

Participants help to decide topics that are covered, but some of the subjects discussed include:

  • Working with party leaders
  • Cultivating donors and raising money
  • Navigating election law
  • Assessing local versus federal races
  • Building a campaign apparatus
  • Approaches to media – old and new
  • Running a campaign
  • Attracting allies and building coalitions

The program is designed so that participants: (1) develop knowledge of the key issues and challenges associated with the electoral process, (2) build community among one another — Truman Scholars interested in electoral politics, and (3) become better prepared to succeed in the electoral arena. 

Each class of fellows is small — limited to 15-20 Truman Scholars — and sessions are off-the-record to encourage candor and an open exchange of ideas. The program is for Truman Scholars of all ages and political stripes who are living in the Washington, DC area when the program is offered and can be available to participate in 8-12 workshops between September and December. We typically schedule workshops for early in the day (8-9 am), in order to avoid, wherever possible, conflicts with the workday. 

Address any questions about the program to Andrew Rich, Truman Executive Secretary, at or 202.395.3545.