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Oregon Fellowship

Oregon Fellows Program Focus

The Oregon Fellows Program pulls the brightest graduate students from across the country into the distinct natural, political and economic settings of Portland and Oregon. Students arrive from diverse academic disciplines, careers and life experiences, but all answering a call to public service. The 10-week fellowship places students with local levels of government, non-profits or private consultants providing dynamic challenges for the fellow and professional expectations from the sponsoring agency for the future leaders.

Oregon Fellows have the following commitments:

  • The Oregon Fellows Program requires a 10-week, full-time (40 hours/week) commitment over the summer break. The Oregon Fellows Program does not have a firm start date, but we strongly recommend that Fellows start on or close to June 16, 2014 so that they can take advantage of the cohort experience and the networking events that take place later in the summer
  • All Fellows complete a 3-day orientation and training institute, scheduled June 16-18, 2014

Fellowship Details

The program targets students from the following disciplines:

  • Public policy
  • Public administration
  • Business administration
  • Sustainability and natural resources management
  • Computer science and information studies
  • Industrial and process engineering
  • Law
  • Journalism
  • Communications

Other disciplines pertinent to public management and public service will gladly be considered from well-qualified applicants with the provision that our selections are ultimately driven by matching the requirements of our sponsors to the aspiration of our applicants, so certain disciplines and skills are more easily matched than others.


The start of an Oregon Fellows fellowship is dependent on many factors, including the Fellow's availability and a sponsor's needs. With this in mind, there are no hard start dates, but we strongly recommend that Oregon Fellows start on or close to June 16, 2014 so that they can take advantage of the cohort experience and the networking events that take place later in the summer.

Number of Fellowships

Currently we are projecting 20-25 fellowship placements.

Placement with Sponsors

The majority of placements will be with State and local government agencies. A few Oregon Fellows will be positioned with nonprofits or an occasional private company, typically consultancies.

Application Process

While the final application deadline is February 1, 2014, those who submit their appliaction (part 1) prior to that date will potentially have their application circulated among potential sponsors.  This can accelerate the selection and acceptance process as well as provide sponsors with the opportunity to preview this year's cohort.

Part 1: Complete and submit the online application by Saturday, February 1, 2014.

Part 2: Provide one (1) letter of recommendation through our online submission form by February 1, 2014.

Note: There will be three essay questions included on the online application.  Please answer these in 1000 words or less.  The essay questions are as follows:

1) How do you see the Oregon Fellowship contributing to your professional career?

2) Describe a book, experience, or individual that had a large impact on your choice to pursue public service.

3) What type of work do you hope to perform in the course of this Fellowship and how is that work in alignment with your educational experiences and your personal passions?