Thank you for your interest in becoming an Archer Fellow. The Archer Fellowship Program offers unparalleled academic and professional experiences to University of Texas System students. To ensure you have a strong application for the program, please read and follow all of the application guidelines below.
Applications for the 2017-2018 academic year are due on Wednesday, February 15, 2017 by 11:59pm Central Standard Time (CST). Be advised that you can enter the application as often as you like between November 2nd and the deadline.
Applicants are required to submit the following application materials:
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 create your application account as soon as possible, so that you can send an official recommendation request notification to your recommenders long before the deadline. Once you submit your recommender information through the online application, please confirm that your recommender received an email from FluidReview, the online application administrator. Your recommender may need to check their junk mail to find the email. If your recommender does not receive an email from FluidReview, please confirm that you have the correct email and if problems still persist contact Christine Anderson, Recruitment and Admissions Coordinator.
Supply us with a resume in PDF format that describes your education, employment history and leadership, volunteer and extracurricular activities. Resume must NOT be more than one page, front side only. Resumes should be reviewed by the Career Services office on your campus.
Attach official or unofficial transcripts from all colleges and universities attended in PDF format. If your current university transcript contains information for past institutions, you only need to submit the one current transcript. Screen shots of course records or course summaries are not accepted.
Write an original personal statement (1-2 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 be your unique contribution to the program? In short, why do you want to live, learn and intern in D.C., and why should we select you to participate? Please submit in PDF format.
Write a short essay (maximum of three pages, double-spaced, 12-point font, one-inch margins) using the prompt below:
You are a high-level analyst in the federal or a state government who has been asked to write a short paper on an important domestic or foreign policy issue facing our nation. (You choose that issue or problem.) Identify the audience to whom your essay is targeted and briefly describe the issue, why it is important, who is affected, and how you think it should be addressed through policy. Examples of such an audience include: a federal or state legislator, a member of the White House or state governor’s staff; the head of a state or federal executive branch department (for example, the Secretary of Homeland Security or the State Board of Education); the head of an important interest group (for example, the Chamber of Commerce, the American Medical Association, the Red Cross); a member of the United Nations Security Council, or any national or international group that may have the ability to impact the policy.
Essay must include supporting evidence using MLA or APA formatted citations. Citations are not included in the three-page limit for the policy paper. You may submit extra pages to accommodate your citations. Please submit in PDF format.
List of Potential Internship Sites
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 internship opportunity explaining why you have chosen it and how you would benefit from interning there as an Archer Fellow. Please note that if selected as an Archer Fellow you are not required to intern at one of these three sites. We want to get an idea of the types of internships that interest you. Please submit in PDF format.
List any student disciplinary actions imposed against you or pending at a UT System institution or any other institution you have attended.
Disclose any criminal convictions and/or deferred adjudications, as well as any pending criminal charges. A conviction includes the initial plea, verdict, or finding of guilt, plea of no contest, or pronouncement of sentence by a trial court, even if that conviction may not be final or sentence actually imposed, until appeals are exhausted. Only minor traffic infractions may be excluded. For each pending charge or conviction listed provide the following details:
- Date, city and state of arrest
- Name and location of the court where the case was/will be heard
- Details of the violation of which you were charged and/or convicted
- Dates of imprisonment
- Dates of period of probation
- Amount of fine
If you do not have any of the above, you still must submit a signed disclosure stating that you have not received and are not currently subject to any pending student disciplinary actions, criminal convictions or charges, and/or deferred adjudications. All forms must be submitted in PDF format.
Please note that disclosure of this information does not automatically disqualify you from the Archer Fellowship Program; however, nondisclosure of this information is considered falsification of your application.