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Applying

The application deadline for fall 2017 and spring 2018 Archer Fellows is Feb. 15th, 2017. You can access the online application now 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.

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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 three 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 us with two letters of recommendation, one of which must be from a current UT faculty with title of assistant professor, associate professor, clinical professor, or professor; or lecturer or senior lecturer (no teaching assistants or assistant instructors). The letters should address your academic skills as well as qualities such as responsibility, analytic ability, leadership, maturity and your ability to work well with others. The second letter may be from a current UT faculty member, a university-affiliated administrator, or a supervisor who can speak to your qualities as a potential intern. Letters should be addressed to the Archer Fellowship Program Selection Committee. It is important that applicants log into the Archer Fellowship Program application webpage well before the application deadline to enter recommenders’ information. Recommenders will then receive an email with instructions for submitting their letter and evaluation. You can complete this part of the application now, before your other requirements are complete.

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.