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The Richardson Youth Liberty Fellowship is a program of the Texas Public Policy Foundation (TPPF), a public policy think tank driving conservative policy solutions in Texas and the nation as a whole. The Foundation does this by providing academically sound research and creative policy solutions for our state and nation’s biggest challenges.

With the future in mind, the Richardson Youth Liberty Fellowship seeks to bring the immense knowledge and resources of TPPF to the next generation of the conservative movement.


yet rewarding.

"The program is designed to guide students in their pursuit of sound policy knowledge and understanding—not political savvy. We are forging thinkers, whether they seek a future career in policy or not."

Zach McCue

Program Director

Application Process

Spring 2023

Day One

August 26, 2023


Weekly Meetings

Wednesday Evenings 2023

Capstone Summit

november 4, 2023

Program Info

The Richardson Youth Liberty Fellowship is a semester-long program designed for students entering their high school junior or senior year.

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, the Fellows will have the chance for the direct application of those lessons as they work towards the final capstone project alongside their teammates.


All students will be expected to attend two full-day, in-person events in Austin on the Saturday at the beginning and the Saturday at end of the program, as well as nine virtual weekly meetings that will take place on Wednesday evenings.

Students who expect to miss either Saturday or more than two Wednesday meetings should not consider applying.


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. Need-based travel scholarships available.)

Applications for the 2nd Cohort will be opened April 2023, and decisions will be sent out in summer 2023, The program will run throughout the fall 2023 semester.

Application Info


  • Saturday, August 26, 2023 – Full-Day, first meeting, in-person at 901 Congress in Austin, TX

  • Wednesday, August 30, 2023 – 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM CST, second meeting, virtual-online
  • Wednesday, September 6, 2023 – 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM CST, third meeting, virtual-online
  • Wednesday, September 13, 2023 – 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM CST, fourth meeting, virtual-online
  • Wednesday, September 20, 2023 – 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM CST, fifth meeting, virtual-online
  • Wednesday, September 27, 2023 – 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM CST, sixth meeting, virtual-online
  • Wednesday, October 4, 2023 – 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM CST, seventh meeting, virtual-online

  • Monday, October 9, 2023 – 11:00 PM - 2 PM, optional get-together, in-person at 901 Congress in Austin, TX

  • Wednesday, October 11, 2023 – 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM CST, eighth meeting, virtual-online
  • Wednesday, October 18, 2023 – 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM CST, ninth meeting, virtual-online
  • Wednesday, October 25, 2023 – 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM CST online, tenth meeting, virtual-online

  • Saturday, November 4, 2023 – 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 30th, 2023 at 11:59 PM CST to be considered.

Recommendations should be completed by the recommender here:

Recommender Form

Applications for the next cohort Open January, 2024

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