CDC Program Evaluation Fellowship
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Reference Code
How to Apply

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A complete application consists of:
  • An application
  • 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
6/24/2021 3:00:00 PM Eastern Time Zone

*Applications will be reviewed on a rolling-basis.

CDC Office and LocationA research opportunity is currently available with the Center for Surveillance, Epidemiology and Laboratory Sciences (CSELS) at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta, Georgia. 

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (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:  The Fellow will collaborate with subject matter experts and other stakeholders (internal and external) to plan and implement an evaluation of key components of the electronic case reporting (eCR) program. In the United States, jurisdictions are required to report more than 200 conditions diagnosed by doctors or laboratories to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). These notifiable diseases or conditions require timely information on individual cases to prevent and control spread. eCR is automated generation and transmission of case reports from electronic health records to public health agencies for review and action is an important component of public health data modernization nationwide. The Fellow does not need previous knowledge or experience specific to information technology, informatics, electronic case reporting, or public health surveillance. The Fellow will contribute to a high-profile evaluation, start to finish that will include opportunities to develop public-facing products that will be disseminated widely (e.g., logic model and narrative explanation of the graphic, conference presentations, peer-reviewed manuscript). The Fellow will interact closely with personnel in the Public Health Informatics Office (PHIO) and other evaluators in the Center.

Learning Objectives: Importantly, the Fellow will have the opportunity to enhance their knowledge and skills relevant to (a) facilitation to support stakeholder participation in the evaluation (e.g., to develop a logic model, prepare an evaluation plan, interpret analyzed data); (b) plain language writing; (c) presentation of efforts to diverse audiences; and (d) project planning and management that includes how to articulate decision points and deliverables over time. These opportunities to develop cross-cutting skills are an important complement to evaluation-specific competencies.

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

Anticipated Appointment Start Date: July 13, 2021. Start date is flexible and will depend on a variety of factors.

Appointment Length: The appointment will initially be for one year, but may be renewed upon recommendation of CDC and is contingent on the availability of funds.

Level of Participation: The appointment is full-time.

Participant Stipend: The participant will receive a monthly stipend commensurate with educational level and experience.

Citizenship Requirements: This opportunity is available to U.S. citizens and Lawful Permanent Residents (LPR) only.

ORISE Information: This 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.

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 be currently pursuing or have received a master's or doctoral degree in one of the relevant fields. Degree must have been received within the past five years.

Preferred skills:

  • Experience working on small to medium-sized program evaluations
  • Training in quantitative and qualitative data collection and analysis
Eligibility Requirements
  • Citizenship: LPR or U.S. Citizen
  • Degree: Master's Degree or Doctoral Degree received within the last 60 months or currently pursuing.
  • Academic Level(s): Graduate Students, Postdoctoral, or Post-Master's.
  • Discipline(s):
    • Chemistry and Materials Sciences (12 )
    • Communications and Graphics Design (2 )
    • Computer, Information, and Data Sciences (17 )
    • Earth and Geosciences (21 )
    • Engineering (27 )
    • Environmental and Marine Sciences (14 )
    • Life Health and Medical Sciences (46 )
    • Mathematics and Statistics (10 )
    • Physics (16 )
    • Science & Engineering-related (1 )
    • Social and Behavioral Sciences (28 )

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