The Richardson Youth Liberty Fellowship is open to all rising high school juniors and seniors in Texas. Each Fellow must have outstanding academic qualifications and experience that demonstrates an ability to learn, cooperate, and lead throughout the course of the program.


Accepted Fellows will be placed on teams and given specific roles and responsibilities with the ultimate goal of simulating a public policy think tank environment. Throughout the semester, Fellows will engage in policy seminars and professional development taught by some of the most highly regarded industry experts in Texas.

Each week, you will have the chance for the direct application of those lessons as you work toward the final capstone project (final project/presentation) alongside your teammates. The program is designed to guide students in their pursuit of sound policy knowledge and understanding—not political savvy—to forge premier thinkers, whether they seek a future career in public policy or not.

At the close of the program, there will be an awards reception at which certificates will be presented to Fellows along with awards for outstanding work done during the program. Parents and relatives are invited and encouraged to attend this event.


Thanks to the generous donations of those invested in our future leaders, the Fellowship is available free of charge to accepted Fellows. Fellows will need to arrange their own travel to attend the opening and closing summit at the Texas Public Policy Foundation’s office in downtown Austin.


  • Saturday, September 3, 2022 – Full-Day, first meeting, in-person at 901 Congress in Austin, TX
  • Wednesday, September 7, 2022 – 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM CST, second meeting, virtual-online
  • Wednesday, September 14, 2022 – 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM CST, third meeting, virtual-online
  • Wednesday, September 21, 2022 – 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM CST, fourth meeting, virtual-online
  • Wednesday, September 28, 2022 – 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM CST, fifth meeting, virtual-online
  • Wednesday, October 5, 2022 – 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM CST, sixth meeting, virtual-online
  • Wednesday, October 12, 2022 – 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM CST, seventh meeting, virtual-online
  • Wednesday, October 19, 2022 – 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM CST, eighth meeting, virtual-online
  • Wednesday, October 26, 2022 – 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM CST, ninth meeting, virtual-online
  • Wednesday, November 2, 2022 – 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM CST online, tenth meeting, virtual-online
  • Saturday, November 5, 2022 – Full-Day, eleventh (capstone) meeting, in-person at 901 Congress in Austin, TX


As a part of the application, we ask students to complete five short-answer essay questions (150 words each) and one long essay (no more than 500 words). The prompts can be found here. We recommend applicants write their responses BEFORE filling out the application.

Additionally, students will need at least one recommendation letter from a mentor or authority figure that is not a family member. This letter must be filled out below by the recommender (NOT THE STUDENT). Please do not submit a formal letter. Recommendations will only be accepted through the recommendation form below.

Applications AND recommendations must be submitted before June 31st, 2022 at 11:59 PM CST to be considered.

For any questions about the application process or fellowship, please contact Zach McCue at [email protected]