Bill Archer Fellowship Program Application



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2015-2016 Bill Archer Fellowship Program Application
Thank you for your interest in becoming an Archer Fellow. The experience of living and working in Washington, D.C., is unlike any other and we are pleased to be able to offer this program to undergraduate students of The University of Texas System. Applications for the 2015-2016 academic year are due on Monday, February 23, 2015 by 5:00pm in your respective time zone. Finalists will be notified by March 6, 2015 and will be invited to participate in an on-campus interview. Students selected to participate in the program will be notified by Friday, April 3, 2015. To be considered for the program, you must complete all sections of this application and submit it with all requested attachments by the application deadline to your UT System Campus Coordinator. This application will only be accepted if it is typewritten. Please do not handwrite any portion.
Please confirm by checking each box that you meet the following eligibility requirements:

Required to apply and at time of participation:

Required by semester of participation:


Full legal name:      

Electronic ID or Student ID:      

E-mail address:      

Cell phone:      

Address at school:      

Permanent address:      

All state driver’s license numbers and names used while holding that license:      

Degree & major:      

Overall GPA/GPA in major:      

Anticipated date of graduation:      

Total credit hours completed at your UT System institution:      

Desired Semester: (Please select one of the following.)

___ Either Fall 2015 or Spring 2016; my preference is the _____________ semester.



___ Fall 2015/___ Spring 2016 semester only. If you choose one semester only, please briefly explain why:

How did you hear about the Archer Fellowship Program?:

___ Professor/staff member on your campus ___ Departmental or campus-wide email

___ Poster/flyer/brochure on campus ___ Current or former Archer Fellow

___ Other (please specify):

Application Materials Checklist





  1. Resume: Supply us with a resume that describes your education, employment history and leadership, volunteer and extracurricular activities. Resume must NOT be more than one page. Resumes should be reviewed by the Career Services office on your campus.




  1. Official Transcript: Submit official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended in a sealed envelope. Do not submit separately. Send in with all materials.




  1. Personal Statement: 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 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?




  1. Policy paper: Write a short essay (maximum of three pages, double-spaced, 12-point font, one-inch margins) using the prompt below:


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.
Essay must include supporting evidence using MLA or APA formatted citations.


  1. Letters of Recommendation: Provide us with 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 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.


NOTE: An official Archer Fellowship Program Recommendation Form filled out by the recommender must be included with each letter of recommendation.
6. 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.
7. A Signed Disclosure Statement from You:

  • Listing any student disciplinary actions imposed against you or pending at a UT System institution or any other institution you have attended.

  • Disclosing 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.
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.
8. Signature:

I certify that the information in this application and all attachments are complete and correct and the documents are my own work. I authorize the Archer Fellowship Program to verify the information I have provided. I further understand submission of false information is grounds for rejection of my application, withdrawal of any offer of acceptance and/or disciplinary action.


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Signature Date
Note: The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), 20 U.S.C. &1232g, and its implementing regulations 34 CFR Part 99, authorize the release of student educational records to other educational institutions in which you are enrolled or receive services. The Archer Center, The University of Texas at Dallas, and your home institution are provided access to your educational records in accordance with this provision.


For more information about the Bill Archer Fellowship Program, please visit: www.archercenter.org




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