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Applying

The application deadline for fall 2019 and spring 2020 Archer Fellows is Feb. 15, 2019. You can access the online application Nov. 5, 2018 on the Archer Fellowship Program application webpage.

After applications are reviewed, finalists will be selected to interview with a selection committee composed of UT faculty and administrators and Archer Center staff.

Application Materials

Resume: Describe your education, employment history and leadership, volunteer and extracurricular activities. Resume must NOT be more than one page and should be reviewed by your career services office.

Personal Statement: Write an original personal statement (one to two pages, double-spaced, 12-point font, one-inch margins) addressing the question: Why is this program suited for your course of study and what will your unique contribution to the program be? In short, why do you want to live, learn and intern in D.C., and why should we select you to participate?

Policy Paper: Write a short essay (maximum of two pages, double-spaced, 12-point font, one-inch margins) addressing the following prompt: Choose one issue facing the world, nation, or even your local community. Briefly explain the issue, why you think it is important and how you think it should be addressed through policy. Your paper should be written in the form of a letter or memo to a specific audience that has the ability to impact the policy you write about. Examples of an audience include: a legislative body, an advocacy group or a specific individual or elected official. The essay must must include supporting evidence using MLA or APA formatted citations.

Letters of Recommendation: Provide two letters of recommendation, one of which must be from a current UT System professor (NOT teaching assistants or lecturers unless they have a Ph.D.). The second letter may also be from a UT System professor (following the same criteria as above) or it may be from a supervisor or university-affiliated administrator. We discourage recommendation letters from family members or friends. The letters should address your academic skills as well as qualities such as responsibility, analytic ability, leadership, maturity, work ethic, and your ability to work well with others. Letters should be addressed to the Archer Fellowship Program Selection Committee.

We recommend that you notify your recommenders long before the deadline so that they may have enough time to write you a strong letter of recommendation.

List of Potential Internships: Research and compile a list of three potential internship sites in Washington, D.C., that align with your personal and professional goals. Include a paragraph for each site explaining why you have chosen it and how you would benefit from interning there as an Archer Fellow.

Official Transcript: Obtain a transcript from the Registrar’s Office to be uploaded with your other application materials.

Signed Disclosure Statement: Type and sign a disclosure statement listing any student disciplinary actions imposed against you or pending, as well as any criminal convictions and/or deferred adjudications, pending or otherwise. Please note that disclosure of this information does not automatically disqualify you from the Archer Fellowship Program.