CDC At-Risk Populations in Emergency Response Fellowship

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.

If you have questions, send an email to Please include the reference code for this opportunity in your email.

Application Deadline
11/30/2020 3:00:00 PM Eastern Time Zone

*Applications will be reviewed on a rolling-basis.

A fellowship opportunity is available in the Office of Science and Public Health Practice (OSPHP), Office of the Director, within the Center for Preparedness and Response (CPR) at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) located in Atlanta, Georgia. CPR integrates science into CDC’s public health emergency preparedness and response activities. OSPHP is committed to increasing scientific contributions to the preparedness and response knowledge base as well as promoting the translation of science to practice.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, this fellowship currently requires full telework. However, the fellow will be expected to report to campus when the current telework policy is rescinded in light of improved COVID-19 epidemic conditions in Georgia. The candidate must have reliable access to a high-speed internet connection in order to fulfill the duties required of the fellowship, including regular virtual meetings, webinars, and access to the CDC virtual network.

Previous emergencies have shown that certain groups of people face disproportionate risks during and after public health emergencies. At-risk and vulnerable populations are groups of people who may not be able to access and use the standard resources offered in emergency preparedness, response, and recovery. Throughout the course of this research project, the participant will have the opportunity to assist OSPHP in understanding and advocating for the needs of at-risk/vulnerable populations in an emergency. This will include organizing meetings, workgroups and trainings, reviewing and/or contributing to presentations and papers, and synthesizing or collaborating on preparedness and response-related projects. The participant will also have opportunities to prepare and deliver written and oral briefings on the results of such research and analysis.

Under the guidance of the mentor, the participant will be involved in these additional learning opportunities:

  • Learning about issues relevant to current and emerging science in public health preparedness and response topics in order to conduct research, analysis, translation or evaluation
  • Learning about issues related to at-risk/vulnerable populations and emergencies
  • Developing and strengthening research and analysis skills
  • Conveying results/summaries from preparedness exercises, responses, and research as part of internal and external correspondence, reports, manuscripts, presentations, talking points, and other materials
  • Contributing to the creation and modification of a range of health education and communication materials (such as guidance documents, toolkits, fact sheets, webpages)
  • Coordinating agency wide network of at-risk/vulnerable population subject matter experts

Anticipated Appointment Start Date: October 26, 2020

This program, administered by ORAU through its contract with the U.S. Department of Energy to manage the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education, was established through an interagency agreement between DOE and CDC. The initial appointment will be up to August 31, 2021, but may be renewed upon recommendation of CDC contingent on the availability of funds. The participant will receive a monthly stipend commensurate with educational level and experience. Proof of health insurance is required for participation in this program; a health insurance allowance will be provided. The appointment is full-time at CDC in the Atlanta, Georgia, area. Participants do not become employees of CDC, DOE or the program administrator, and there are no employment-related benefits. There will be travel/training allowance also provided, based on the discretion of the mentor and Office.


The qualified candidate should have received a master's or doctoral degree in one of the relevant fields. Degree must have been received within five years of the appointment start date.

Preferred Skills:

  • Experience in and knowledge of public health preparedness and response
  • Experience with public health practitioners at state, territorial, local and tribal public health agencies and partner organizations
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, experience preparing scientific articles
  • Experience collecting and analyzing qualitative and/or quantitative data
  • Experience conducting research literature reviews and interpreting research findings
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Experience organizing meetings and/or presenting to groups
Eligibility Requirements
  • Citizenship: U.S. Citizen Only
  • Degree: Master's Degree or Doctoral Degree received within the last 60 month(s).
  • Discipline(s):
    • Communications and Graphics Design (1 )
    • Computer, Information, and Data Sciences (2 )
    • Earth and Geosciences (1 )
    • Life Health and Medical Sciences (4 )
    • Mathematics and Statistics (4 )
    • Other Non-S&E (1 )
    • Social and Behavioral Sciences (3 )