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Atiyeh Fellowships

The Governor Atiyeh Fellowships are offered to support the study of public policy in Oregon during the latter half of the 20th century. Research and scholarship funded through these fellowships may explore various dimensions of public policy, from history to political science to sociology and beyond. Students and scholars of varied disciplinary backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

The Atiyeh Fellowships are funded through endowments which also support the Governor Victor Atiyeh Collection at Pacific University. Victor Atiyeh served as Oregon’s 32nd governor from 1979-1987. Serving at a time when budget crises were at the forefront, he took a challenging situation and created his legacy: a more efficient government and a more diversified Oregon economy. His governorship, his public service, and his private life tell of a second-generation immigrant success story, of a native Oregonian devoted to his home state, and of a leader who led in trying times, emerging widely admired. The Atiyeh Collection includes more than fifty boxes of letters, photographs, documents, and memorabilia, some of which have been digitized and made available through the Pacific University Archives digital collections.

The Atiyeh Fellowships are open to Pacific University undergraduates, to Pacific University faculty, and to visiting scholars (faculty at any rank, doctoral students, postdoctoral scholars, and independent scholars with relevant research emphases). Fellowship awards are intended to defray the actual costs of travel, conducting research, and disseminating research in relevant scholarly or popular venues. Awards for visiting scholars are expected to include travel to, and research in, the Pacific University Archives and Special Collections. While offered annually, the Atiyeh Fellowships are not awarded as a matter of course; the selection committee may elect not to fund any proposals in a given academic year.

The fellowship selection committee includes representatives from the University Libraries, the College of Arts & Sciences, and University Advancement.

  • Preference will be given to applications that propose study of Governor Victor Atiyeh’s legacy and/or to research that includes use of the Governor Victor Atiyeh Collection at the Pacific University Libraries.
  • Preference will be given to applications that will result in freely and publicly available scholarship or research products (additional funding beyond fellowship awards is available to support publication of research results in open access venues).
Fellowship Categories

The following fellowship categories and amounts are offered on an annual basis. Not all fellowship categories may be awarded each year, and multiple fellowships may be awarded in a single category, depending on the applicant pool.

Visiting Scholar Fellowship

External faculty at any rank, doctoral students, postdoctoral scholars, and independent scholars with relevant research emphases: $6,000 (minimum 4-week residency required)

Pacific Faculty Fellowship

Pacific University Faculty: $3,000

Pacific Undergraduate Fellowship

Pacific University undergraduate students: $1,000

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