A Media Fellowship Program

Sponsored by Oregon State University

The 2020 fellowship has been postponed until the summer of 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Nearly every significant global issue, from climate change to international trade to human health, intersects with agriculture and our food systems.

Oregon offers a unique location to see this intersection. The fishing industry is the lifeblood of the Oregon coast. Urban agriculture, breweries and restaurants have transformed Portland into a foodie mecca. Beef cattle and dryland farming dominate the open spaces east of the Cascades. The fertile Willamette Valley, home to Oregon State University, produces more than 170 crops, ranging from hops to hemp to wine grapes.

Statewide more than 250 products are grown and processed in Oregon. Only California produces a higher number of products in the United States. Some 80% of Oregon’s agricultural products are shipped out of the state with about half of those exported to other countries.

For more than 150 years, Oregon State researchers have helped define Oregon food and agriculture – breeding the hop variety that launched the craft beer movement, saving the hazelnut industry by developing blight-resistant varieties and, at this moment, building the nation’s largest hemp research center.

You’re invited to meet these researchers and their partners to learn about how food and agriculture impact Oregon, the nation and the world.

The program is modeled on a successful marine science media fellowship that Oregon State hosted in recent years.



Program Highlights

The three-day fellowship program includes sessions at Oregon State’s campus in Corvallis, the university’s North Willamette Research and Extension Center just south of Portland and the university’s Food Innovation Center in downtown Portland. Highlights include:

  • Visiting one of the only research breweries on a college campus
  • Walking through agricultural fields in the shadows of snow-capped Mount Hood and seeing firsthand everything from hops to Christmas trees to hazelnuts
  • Touring a unique urban agricultural research center in Portland and meeting scientists working with entrepreneurs driving the city’s innovative food scene
  • Learning about Oregon State’s Global Hemp Innovation Center, the largest hemp research center in the nation
  • Seeing how drones are radically changing how we grow our food
  • Hearing from some of the world’s leading vitamin and micronutrient scientists


  • Unique and diverse agricultural products from Oregon and Oregon State, including hemp, beer, wine, distilled spirits, cheese, hazelnuts, berries, mushrooms, seafood and Christmas trees.
  • Innovative research including food sensory testing, plant breeding, drones and agriculture, climate change and its impact on water and agricultural production, sustainable agriculture and the intersection of food and social justice.
  • Health and wellness research, including personalized nutrition, vitamins and micronutrients, the microbiome and food safety.


  • Oregon State University will select up to 12 journalists for the fellowship.
  • Oregon State will cover expenses during the time of the fellowship.
  • Fellows will be responsible for transportation to and from the start and end points of the fellowship.
  • The fellowship is open to journalists across all media platforms.
  • Freelancers and international journalists are encouraged to apply.

Contact Information

Sean Nealon, news editor
Oregon State University
A416 Kerr Administration Building
[email protected]