Truman Library and Museum Research Room

Research Grants Program

Truman Research Grants Program

More than $70K in grants and awards in 2023-24

Research Grants Program

Applications are now open to support research at the Harry S. Truman Presidential Library and Museum in Independence, Missouri. Grants, awards, and fellowships provide assistance to emerging and established scholars whose contributions illuminate the critical issues of Truman’s presidency and legacy.


Application Deadline: February 1, 2024

Up to two $20,000 Fellowships are given annually to support graduate students working on some aspect of Truman’s life and career or of the public and foreign policy issues that were prominent during the Truman years.



Application Deadline: October 15, 2023 & April 1, 2024

Grants of up to $2,500 are awarded twice annually to offset the cost of conducting research at the Truman Library. The spring round includes one Hulston grant of $2,500 for a researcher who wishes to visit multiple research facilities.



Application Deadline: December 15, 2023

Grants of $30,000 are made to established post-doctoral scholars engaged in work on some aspect of Truman’s life and career or of prominent public and foreign policy issues during the Truman years.



Submission Deadline: January 20, 2024

The Book Award recognizes the best book published within a two-year period dealing primarily and substantially with some aspect of U.S. history between 1945 and 1953, or with Truman’s life or career. Recent recipients include Christian Ostermann, Derek Leebaert, and Michael Neiberg.




2023-24 Research Grants & Guidelines


Research at the Harry S. Truman Presidential Library & Museum

The Harry S. Truman Presidential Library & Museum is one of 15 presidential libraries operated by the National Archives and Records Administration. Established in 1957, the Harry S. Truman Presidential Library & Museum preserves and provides access to President Truman’s historical materials.

Today, the Harry S. Truman Library and Museum houses more than:

  • 15,000,000 pages of manuscript materials, of which approximately 6,500,000 are White House files
  • 100,000 still pictures
  • 500+ hours of disc and tape recordings
  • 400 motion pictures
  • Approximately 500 oral histories
  • 75 hours of videotape recordings
  • 30,000 books
  • 10,000 periodicals
  • 1,400 microfilm copies of printed materials

The Truman Library recently unveiled an all-new, $30 million museum exhibition; the award-winning museum has been hailed as the “new benchmark for presidential libraries.” The interactive and immersive exhibition includes 230 artifacts plus several hundred facsimiles of documents, letters and handwritten materials. Highlights include:

  • More than 140 minutes of riveting reels, including immersive sound-and-light theaters featuring WWI and the Cold War
  • 4-foot interactive globe exploring the hard problems of peace following WWII
  • Expanded insight on Truman’s leadership on Civil Rights and the recognition of Israel
  • Fresh perspective on Truman’s family, including Bess Truman’s role as advisor and confidante
  • Exhibits and interactives for a Red Scare “you are there” experience
  • Increased storytelling and never-before seen artifacts from the Korean War


Lisa Sullivan, Grants Administrator