The Honors College at the University of Texas at Dallas

The Bill Archer Fellow Program for Undergraduates

Bill Archer Fellowship Program for Undergraduates brings talented UT System undergraduate students to Washington, D.C. for a Fall or Spring semester of coursework and internships.

Application Process

Applications to The Bill Archer Fellowship Program for Undergraduates are due in early February for both semesters of the following academic year. On campus interviews will be held in late February or early March. Final decisions will be made in late March.

You can download the application here. A full application includes the information sheet, a resume, a writing sample, a personal statement, a transcript, three letters of recommendation, and a list of desired internship placements. The packet must be submitted to the Honors College offices in Green Center 2.202.


All participants must be of upper division standing and have taken both required government courses.

A good candidate is a student who is interested in pursuing a semester in Washington and is interested in participating in intellectual exchange centering on government and politics. Students come from all majors, including Political Science, Economics, Business, Science, Engineering, History, Education, and Pre-Med. The key factor is your ability to make a compelling case, in your application and interview, for why you should be allowed the opportunity to participate in a semester in Washington D.C.

Past participation

In the 2011-2012 academic year, UT Dallas students interned with organizations including:

  • Supreme Court of the United States: Judicial Internship
  • Supreme Court of the United States: Office of the Curator
  • U.S. Department of Education: Office of Communication and Outreach
  • Modernizing Foreign Assistance Network (MFAN)
  • Center for American Progress: Immigration Office
  • The Heritage Foundation: Office of the President
  • U.S. Department of Health and Human Services: Office of Global Affairs, Middle East Department
  • Center for American Progress: Communications Office
  • The White House: Photo Office

More information

For additional information on The Bill Archer Fellowship Program, including information on housing, transportation, and costs of participation, please visit the program website at or contact in the Honors College at UT Dallas.