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Program Information

The Archer Fellowship Program empowers students by providing them with a unique opportunity to live, work, and learn in our nation’s capital during the fall or spring semester. While in Washington, D.C., students complete UT coursework taught by esteemed professors and gain hands-on work experience in an internship of their choice. By living together in luxury apartments just blocks from Union Station, Archer Fellows build lasting friendships and professional connections with each other. Tailored to students’ own personal and intellectual interests, the Archer Fellowship Program provides an experience that students find rewarding professionally, academically, and personally.


The Archer Fellowship Program was founded to support qualified UT System undergraduates in the pursuit of noble public service in the tradition of the program’s namesake, Congressman Bill Archer, who was elected to serve the 7th District (Texas) in 1971. Beginning in January 1995, he served as the Chair of the House Ways and Means Committee, and he remained at the helm until his retirement from Congress in 2001. Congressman Archer remains very active in mentoring Archer Fellows.

Congressman Bill Archer photo

The Archer Fellowship Program is a joint effort of the UT System Office of Federal Relations, the Archer Center, and the nine participating UT System academic campuses.