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Hatfield Resident Fellowship

Program 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.

This program is specifically designed for recent graduates who have completed their Master or Ph.D. program within the last year -- or who will receive their degree by June 30, 2016.  Presently, approximately 25 placements are anticipated.

Fellow Compensation

Fellows will receive $24,000 over the course of the Fellowship.  Fellows are considered Portland State University employees.  This is not a benefits eligible position and a background check is required.

Program Requirements

1.  Graduate from her or his current program within the past year or will receive their degree on or by June 30, 2016

2.  Agree to participate in networking and continuing education events scheduled throughout the program*

3.  Attend a four-day orientation and team building session scheduled July 5-8, 2016

4.  Commit to work July 5, 2016 - February 24, 2017 (32 hours/week) with a two week observed winter break will take place from December 19, 2016 - December 30, 2016 (work resumes January 2, 2017)

5.  Must be eligible for work in the United States through February 28, 2017

*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.

** Please let the program staff know as soon as possible if you are intending to take additional employment with Portland State University.

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.

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.

The program specifically recruits 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.

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.