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Hatfield Resident Fellowship

Hatfield Resident Fellowship Focus

The Hatfield Resident Fellows program targets postgraduate Master and Ph.D. students with a strong scholarship record and confirmed interest in public service and leadership. The Fellowship is an academically rigorous, project-oriented, educational experience designed to provide each Fellow with an opportunity to acquire leadership skills with a public service agency in Oregon.

Hatfield Resident Fellows have the following commitments:

·         Program Dates: July 6, 2015 - February 22, 2016

·         Program includes 32 active work weeks including an initial 4-day orientation session

·         An observed winter break will take place from December 21, 2015 - January 1, 2016 (work resumes January 4, 2016)

·         All Hatfield Resident Fellows will attend learning and networking events*

*These ongoing training and professional development activities aim to supplement each Hatfield Fellow's subject matter expertise by increasing their leadership and management capabilities. In addition, these events give Center for Public Service (CPS) an opportunity to teach the Fellows about the Northwest's rich policy heritage, the ethics and values that continue to shape the Northwest's policy making process, and introduce the Fellows to key decision makers.

Details of the Hatfield Fellowship

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.


Each Hatfield Fellowship will start in on July 5, 2015. Therefore, candidates must graduate or have graduated from their existing Master or Ph.D. program within the last year or will receive their degree by June 30, 2015.

Number of Fellowships

Presently, approximately 20 placements are anticipated.

Placement with Sponsors

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

Application Process

While the final application deadline is January 23, 2015, those who submit their appliaction (Stage 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.

Stage 1: Complete and submit the online application. Application opens on November 1, 2014 and is due by January 23, 2015.


Stage 2: Candidates who progress to the semi-finalist stage will be notified by February 1, 2015, and asked to respond to 1-2 essay questions. These essays are due February 15, 2015. Additionally, semi-finalists are asked for one (1) letter of recommendation and an unofficial transcript by March 1, 2015.

Stage 3 (if necessary): It may be necessary for a semi-finalist to conduct a follow-up Skype interview with the Application Review Committee. If so, these will be scheduled between February 15 and February 28, 2015.