John Paul Hammerschmidt Fellowship

Students taking notes in Congress

The John Paul Hammerschmidt Research Fellowship (JPH) provides UAFS students the opportunity to see the legislative process at work in Washington, D.C., for up to eight weeks.  Established in 2013, this collaborative effort between UAFS and Congressman Steve Womack provides hands on experience to students interested in public service and exposes each fellow to what happens every day on Capitol Hill. 


Students selected as the JPH fellow will conduct extensive legislative research, gain knowledge of the budgeting process, and form an understanding of the balance a U.S. Congressman must have as a representative, a law and budget maker, and a politician.  Part of the JPH structure includes a three credit hour course which must be completed during the fellowship. Enrollment in this course, purchase of the required text book, and meeting with the instructor are all required prior to the beginning of the fellowship.


Students selected for this opportunity will receive a scholarship that covers the three credit hour course and will be reimbursed up to $4,000 for travel, housing and food expenses accrued while in Washington, DC.


Please apply here.


All application materials may be submitted in person to Fullerton 105A, or by email to


Eligibility: Applicants must…

  • Be at least 18 years old
  • Currently be enrolled at UAFS and have completed 30 credit hours
  • All majors are encouraged to apply



Application Opens: December 2, 2019

Application Deadline: March 9, 2020

Interviews: March 2020

Selection: April 2020

Fellowship: May-July (Eight Weeks Total)

Note: The selected JPH Fellow will be expected to stay in Washington, DC for the full eight weeks. 



  • Completed JPH Fellowship application
  • Resume
  • Two letters of recommendation from an advisor, mentor, or professor
  • Essay addressing why you want to be selected, what makes you the ideal candidate, and what you plan to gain from the experience (Two Page Maximum)
  • Academic transcript

Selection Criteria:

Applicants are selected based on the following criteria:

  • Essay  
  • Academic history
  • Demonstrated leadership qualities – preference given to those with UAFS organization leadership
  • Interest in public service, public policy and/or legislative process
  • Interview with UAFS Chancellor
  • Interview with the office of Congressman Steve Womack



For questions regarding the JPH Fellowship, please contact:

Jordan Hale. Director of Government and Community Relations