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For Sponsor Organizations

Enlist the intelligence, fresh ideas, and energy of a truly exceptional graduate student passionate about public service to perform an analysis, complete a project, or work on a problem currently facing your organization

“There’s no way we could have done as comprehensive a job or leveraged as much out of this opportunity if [our Hatfield Resident Fellow] hadn’t taken it on” – Jennifer Inman, Communications Manager, Lane County

Cost of Sponsoring a Fellow

  • $35,000 for each Hatfield Resident Fellow
  • $9,000 for each Oregon Fellow

Benefits of Sponsoring a Fellow

  • Completion of project requirements by a highly capable Fellow
  • Ability to use the program to learn about, shape, and develop Oregon's next generation of public service leaders
  • Access to a far-reaching network of strategic sources of talent that you can easily utilize over time. This could be especially attractive if your organization is facing a large talent drain in the next few years

About Our Fellows

Our Fellows are national-class caliber.  Most come from universities repeatedly listed in U.S. News and World Report’s ranking of America’s best graduate schools in public affairs, business, industrial engineering, information technology and other disciplines relevant to government and nonprofit organizations

Most Fellows have some prior work experience in government.  Some hold multiple degrees.  A few have even been Fulbright Scholars

All Fellows undergo a highly competitive screening process and complete three or five days of training at the Hatfield School of Government

Sponsor Requirements

Sponsors are expected to sign an intergovernmental agreement with Portland State University as well as provide the following for both Oregon and Hatfield Resident Fellows:

  • Customary office resources, such as assigned work space, office supplies, telephone, computer, etc. required by any knowledge worker in the organization.
  • Organizational introduction and orientation
  • Assignment to a manager to supervise the fellow
  • Manager should define and document the project(s) to be undertaken
  • Manager should help the the fellow understand organizational culture
  • Manager should foster introductions to agency staff and provide other networking opportunities
  • Manager should provide periodic feedback and end-of-program evaluation to the fellow
  • Organization and CPS will conduct periodic and end-of-program evaluation of the fellow and the program

Sponsors are also encouraged to provide additional support such as mentoring for Hatfield Fellows.

Fellow Assignments

Although not required, the most successful fellowship experiences have involved one major assignment that the Fellow can really focus their time, energy, and learning outcomes on, along with 1-2 minor assignments, often in the form of a rotation to another organization in the sponsoring agency.  This provides the Fellow with a broader perspective of the operation and the sponsor with several work products. Organizations can sponsor more than one Fellow from one or both programs at a time.

Fellowship Program Timeline

  • Early Bird* Sponsor Preliminary Interest Application accepted until November 30, 2013 and their project needs and preferences will drive custom recruitment efforts.
  • Recruitment of Fellows begins. Fellow applications accepted until January 31, 2014.
  • Fellowship Finalists reviewed and selected on a rolling basis as received by the CPS team with final Fellow selection made by February 28, 2014
  • Fellow Directories Available to all Sponsors beginning March 3, 2014.
  • Sponsors review Fellowship finalists, conduct interviews and extend offers
  • Sponsor Preliminary Interest Application accepted through April 30, 2014
  • Sponsor Interviewing and offers extended until May 16, 2014
  • Start dates for Oregon Fellows begin in late May and vary as their academic terms end; they participate in a mandatory Hatfield School of Government Institute occurring June 16 – 18.
  • The Hatfield Resident Fellows begin with the Hatfield School of Government Institute taking place July 7 – 10, 2014, and begin with their placements on July 14.

*Early Bird Sponsors: Simply describe your prospective need or project in 1-2 paragraphs on the application. Please note any special skills and/or academic backgrounds that would likely be associated with your “ideal Fellow.” In return, we will actively recruit from those national programs whose graduates align well with your needs. You’ll then get a chance to interview candidates before making a final selection. And there’s no obligation for a Sponsor to participate in the program if they don’t find the right match. Your early involvement will in turn help in our shared recruiting efforts to bring talented and diverse next generation leaders to Oregon’s public organizations.