CDC Postdoctoral Fellowship in Global HIV & Tuberculosis

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
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How to Apply

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A complete application consists of:

  • An application
  • Transcripts – Click here for detailed information about acceptable transcripts
  • A current resume/CV, including academic history, employment history, relevant experiences, and publication list
  • One educational or professional recommendation. Your application will be considered incomplete, and will not be reviewed until one recommendation is submitted.

All documents must be in English or include an official English translation.

Application Deadline
6/29/2022 3:00:00 PM Eastern Time Zone

*Applications will be reviewed on a rolling-basis.

CDC Office and Location: A research opportunity is currently available with the Division of Global HIV and TB (DGHT) within the Center for Global Health (CGH) at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) located in Atlanta, Georgia.

The CDC is one of the major operation components of the Department of Health and Human Services. CDC works to protect America from health, safety and security threats, both foreign and in the U.S. Whether diseases start at home or abroad, are chronic or acute, curable or preventable, human error or deliberate attack, CDC fights disease and supports communities and citizens to do the same.

Research Project: HIV and Tuberculosis (TB) account for more annual deaths than any other infectious diseases. These two epidemics are tragically interconnected, as TB is the leading cause of death for those living with HIV. CDC’s DGHT works to end these epidemics around the globe, with 500 experts working at CDC headquarters and 1,350 working on the front lines in more than 45 countries.

The mission of this fellowship program is to recruit, mentor, and train scientist-practitioners to conduct global HIV and TB research and to develop the translational and applied skills necessary to implement and support high-quality HIV and TB public health programs in global settings. The goal of this fellowship is to attract and support recent recipients of doctoral degrees to understand the underpinnings of interventional epidemiology and to prepare them for a career operating at the intersection of science and practice in global public health. The DGHT Office of the Director (DGHT OD) is the lead for the program. Participants will also be paired with DGHT’s programmatic or data branches on various projects throughout their fellowship. The selected participant will receive training from DGHT mentors in developing and implementing research and programmatic projects that inform the development of effective strategies and interventions to reduce disparities in HIV and TB globally. Mentors and participants will collaborate to develop a list of diverse research activities that they will complete together over the two-year (subject to funding) training period. These activities will be based on the participant's area(s) of interest, training, and experience and the mission of the program. Possible areas of focus are listed below:

  • Epidemiology, surveys, and surveillance
  • HIV prevention, including access to and models of HIV testing, targeted services for key and vulnerable populations, and biomedical and primary prevention interventions
  • Maternal and child HIV-related services, including models of care for orphans and vulnerable children, pregnant and breastfeeding women and children and adolescents living with HIV
  • Community engagement, including activities to reduce stigma and discrimination for people living with HIV and key and vulnerable populations
  • Reducing HIV incidence and mortality through improved HIV treatment, retention, and adoption of differentiated models of HIV service delivery
  • Finding, curing, and preventing TB and accelerating progress towards global TB targets
  • Data for action, including monitoring and evaluation, health information systems, digital health, and modeling
  • Economics and health services research, including economic and expenditure analysis, HIV financing, and human resources for health

Learning Objectives: Under the guidance of a mentor, the participant will be involved in the following training opportunities:

  • Conduct or participate in one site visit related to a health-equity related research project or programmatic activity subject to the availability of funding and travel restrictions due to the SAR-CoV-2 pandemic.
  • Design, conduct, and interpret an analysis on public health data.
  • Write and submit a scientific manuscript for a peer-reviewed journal.
  • Present an oral presentation or poster at one scientific meeting.
  • Attend monthly scientific meetings on emerging health equity issues or program implementation in a global setting.
  • Participate in at least one research project or programmatic activity (as a training opportunity) selected by the mentor and participant.

Mentor(s)The mentor for this opportunity is Robert Swayzer ( If you have questions about the nature of the research please contact the mentor(s).

Anticipated Appointment Start Date: September 1, 2022.  Start date is flexible and will depend on a variety of factors.

Appointment LengthThe appointment will initially be for two years, but may be renewed upon recommendation of CDC and is contingent on the availability of funds.

Level of ParticipationThe appointment is full-time.

Participant StipendThe participant will receive a monthly stipend commensurate with educational level and experience.

Citizenship RequirementsThis opportunity is available to U.S. citizens only.

ORISE InformationThis program, administered by ORAU through its contract with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to manage the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE), was established through an interagency agreement between DOE and CDC. Participants do not become employees of CDC, DOE or the program administrator, and there are no employment-related benefits. Proof of health insurance is required for participation in this program. Health insurance can be obtained through ORISE.

The successful applicant(s) will be required to comply with Environmental, Safety and Health (ES&H) requirements of the hosting facility, including but not limited to, COVID-19 requirements (e.g. facial covering, physical distancing, testing, vaccination).

Questions: Please visit our Program Website. After reading, if you have additional questions about the application process please email and include the reference code for this opportunity.


The qualified candidate should have received a doctoral degree in one of the relevant fields, or be currently pursuing the degree with completion by August 1, 2022. Degree must have been received within the past five years.

Public Health is a multi-disciplinary field so applicants from various academic backgrounds who are interested in making a difference are encouraged to apply.

Preferred skills:

  • Evidence of research experience involving domestic or global health equity related to HIV or TB
  • Documented training and skills in quantitative data analysis; supplemental skills with qualitative analysis 
  • Evidence of research experience or programmatic experience involving disproportionately affected populations globally

The Division of Global HIV and TB at CDC strongly encourages applications from candidates from diverse backgrounds.  The Division is committed to the principles of diversity, equity, and inclusion and believes that our scientific and programmatic activities are strengthened when these principles are applied. Further, the Division is committed to the principles espoused by Executive Order 14035, signed on June 25, 2021 by President Biden, Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility in the Federal Workforce.

Eligibility Requirements
  • Citizenship: U.S. Citizen Only
  • Degree: Doctoral Degree received within the last 60 months or anticipated to be received by 8/1/2022 12:00:00 AM.
  • Discipline(s):
    • Computer, Information, and Data Sciences (17 )
    • Life Health and Medical Sciences (49 )
    • Mathematics and Statistics (11 )
    • Social and Behavioral Sciences (29 )