Graduate School Proposal
- Your name, full contact information, the degree sought, and the institution(s) to which you are applying.
- A narrative that outlines the specific problems or needs of society you want to address and how you expect to address them in the three to five years following graduate school;
- Type(s) of employment you plan to seek immediately upon completing your graduate studies and what you expect to seek three to five years later;
- Your proposed graduate school curriculum and why this curriculum is appropriate for addressing the problems or needs and attaining the positions you seek;
- Your scores from standardized tests for graduate school, for example, GRE results;
- Your first choice for a graduate school and why this would be the best place to achieve your public service ambitions. If this is an optimistic choice, your back up schools and why these would be appropriate choices;
- Percent of recent graduates of the first choice program who are now employed in the public service; and,
- The types of summer jobs, part time jobs and/or internships you expect to seek to complement your graduate studies.
- Whether their program has a formal track specifically targeted toward employment in government or the non-profit sector (for example, a public-sector orientated MD program or the non-profit management track at a graduate school of business administration). If the program has a formal public service track, Scholars must explain how they will participate in that track.
- If the selected program does not have a formal public service track, the Scholar must identify why they have selected that program in the absence of a formal public service track. Scholars should also explain, in detail how they would develop a public service focused program using existing resources.
- Whether Scholars intend to supplement their degree with another degree or program funded from other sources. For instance, a Scholar who plans to pursue a career in international public health may petition for Foundation funding for a MD with the hopes to obtain a MPH from another funding source (e.g. Rhodes, Marshall or support from the graduate institution). This information should be included in the graduate school proposal as it provides helpful information on the Scholar's commitment to public service.
Should Scholars need to change any aspect of their graduate school proposal after it is approved, the changes must be submitted in writing to the Foundation's website, and you should notify the Foundation's Executive Secretary, Andrew Rich, at firstname.lastname@example.org. Minor changes in program or institution can generally be approved within a few working days. More significant changes, such as a total change in program or a request for drastically different funding, may take longer to approve and may require additional documentation.
- The priorities of the program in such terms as subject matter, types of students sought, and types of career placements emphasized;
- Average GRE (or equivalent) scores;
- Diversity among the student body;
- Public service placement success: Percent of recent graduates currently in public service jobs and percent of graduates in the last year who received one or more job offers in the public service. Percent of students receiving paying internships and summer jobs during their graduate study. Number of recent graduates who have obtained the type of position(s) you seek;
- Merit-based aid and loan forgiveness programs in the event the Truman award does not cover all expenses;
- Research funds available to students in your field of interest;
- Practitioners and public service leaders who have spoken on the campus or served as adjunct faculty during the past year;
- Teaching schedules and graduate student access to the faculty of interest to you and the availability of the courses you wish to take; and,
- Experiences of Truman Scholars attending the institution.