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Prospective Fellows Information

We offer two Fellowship opportunities: 

(1) The 10-week Oregon Summer Fellowship is exclusively for current graduate students typically chosen between their first and second years of graduate study.

(2) The 8-month Hatfield Resident Fellowship is aimed at newly minted master and doctoral graduates who will have completed their degree work by June 30, 2016.

Read about past and current Fellows' experiences here!

Fellowship Applications

The easy-to-complete, “staged,” online application process for both programs begins during fall term with finalists notified on or before February 19, 2016.  The timeline for the application process can be found here: Application Timeline.

Application stage 1 has closed. The 2017 Fellowship application process will open next fall.

Application stage 1 includes information about your educational background and requires an upload of your resume.  Due: January 4, 2016.

More information on the application process (deadlines for each of the stages and decision dates) available on the Application Timeline page.

One letter of recommendation is required with your application.  The instructions for this are included after stage 1 decisions are made.

Note: A candidate can apply to either program, but not both.

How Are Fellows Chosen?

The selection of Fellows is based on:

  • Professional experience
  • Commitment to public service
  • Their marketability to prospective sponsors
  • And to a lesser extent, our desire to balance the class with excellent students with diverse backgrounds, disciplines, perspectives, experiences, and objectives

International Students

Foreign students are eligible, provided they are properly credentialed to study, work, travel, and live in the United States through September 30, 2016 for the Oregon Fellows Program and February 28, 2017 for the Hatfield Resident Fellows Program.  However, the student should contact the program coordinator early in the process to make certain the proper arrangements have been made.

Our programs are unique in a number of ways...

First, we are surprisingly large in size and reach.  We anticipate placing 40-45 Fellows in our 2016 cohorts—likely 18 Oregon Summer Fellows and 25 Hatfield Residents.  While we are based at the Mark O. Hatfield School of Government at Portland State University, over the years we have recruited and placed Fellows from more than 50 leading schools of public administration and public policy across the United States.  Some examples include the University of Georgia, Emory, Duke, and UNC in the southeast; Harvard, Brandeis, NYU, and Syracuse in the northeast; the University of Michigan, Chicago, Wisconsin, Ohio State, and Carnegie Mellon in the Great Lakes region; the University of Minnesota, Kansas, Iowa, and Texas in the Great Plains region; UC Berkeley, USC,  Brigham Young, and Arizona State in the far west region; and, Washington, Oregon, Oregon State, Willamette, and, of course Portland State in the Pacific Northwest.

Second, we place our Fellows by partnering with sponsor organizations spanning federal, state, and local government, the nonprofit sector, and, occasionally, the private sector.  Our sponsors cover a wide range of program areas in natural resource management, transportation, economic development, health and human services, public safety, and general management.  The Fellows typically work on high-level projects that utilize their strong analytical and strategic skills.  Most placements are in Portland or our state capital, Salem.

Third, we are particularly interested in attracting exceptionally talented and diverse candidates with a passion for public service and a desire to launch their careers in the Pacific Northwest.  Our quest for diversity earnestly focuses on attracting applicants from under-served communities, but also extends more broadly to assembling a “fusion class” of 2016 Fellows from a diverse range of academic disciplines, competencies, experiences, geographies, ages, languages, and career aspirations as well.  We regard social diversity as the analog to biodiversity in that the richer the diversity of civic life, the greater the opportunity for social balance, justice, innovation, economic opportunity, and adaptive responses to such new challenges.  Building a diverse base of public service management and policy capacity is at the heart of our Next Generation Initiative.  It is an important key to keeping Oregon a special place in the future.

Finally, the Pacific Northwest is special in its beauty and somewhat protected by its distance.  Far removed from the conventional centers of economic, political, and cultural power, we are mindful of our natural resources heritage and careful about our future.  We tend to attract lifestyle aspirants who are drawn to the culture and pace and place of a state whose motto is “She Flies with Her Own Wings.”

Previous Sponsors

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