The application for the Class of 2019 is now open. You can access the application here, and it will close on Friday, September 14.


“Truman is a nationwide community, forged in the aftermath of 9/11, fighting for America’s promise on the battlefield, along the campaign trail, and in the halls of government.”

Our community’s nationwide membership of post-9/11 veterans, frontline civilians, policy experts, and political professionals share a common vision of U.S. leadership abroad. Hailing from 16 Chapters and 47 different states across the nation, more than 1,800 Truman members believe in a strong, smart, and principled foreign policy that sees the United States leading a growing community of nations towards shared security and prosperity. We believe that America is at its best when we use all the tools in our toolbox: Defense, diplomacy, development, and democracy promotion.

Together, the Truman Center and Truman Project identify, train, and position veteran, frontline civilian, political, and policy leaders across America who share this worldview. We bring those leaders together with our partners and advisors to deliver concrete solutions to pressing global challenges for leaders at the local, state, and national levels, and we coordinate member action nationwide to shape the debate, fight for policy change, and support rising leaders who share our values.


A new class of approximately 150 new members are recruited, interviewed, and selected by our existing members each year.  Members are divided among our three cohorts:

Fellows are policy experts, academics, and other thought leaders who anticipate and articulate new global challenges and opportunities. Many work within the U.S. national security apparatus and legislative bodies, as well as the international community and an expansive network of nongovernmental and private organizations.

Partners are political leaders, advocates, communicators, journalists, and aspiring or actively serving public officials. Fluent in campaign management, media, journalism, organizing, and more, they advance progressive principles and a shared liberal internationalist worldview at all levels of civil society.

Members of the Defense Council include veterans and frontline civilians who have firsthand experience implementing U.S. foreign policy. They have wide-ranging expertise in hard security and an ongoing professional interest in defense and intelligence operations as they continue to serve in government, business, policy, and nonprofit ventures.


You can sign up for our prospective member list here. For questions about membership, please email

Click here to download the 2018 Applicant Information packet.