CDC Coronavirus Response Fellowship

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

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
5/1/2020 3:00:00 PM Eastern Time Zone

*Applications will be reviewed on a rolling-basis.

A research opportunity is currently available with the Center for State, Tribal, Local, and Territorial Support (CSTLTS) at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta, Georgia. CSTLTS seeks to foster deeper engagement between CDC senior leaders and public health leadership from the U.S. territories and freely- associated states.

Under the guidance of a mentor, the participant will be involved in the following activities:

  • Contribute to the development of a system to monitor the progress of Coronavirus response recovery efforts, including coordinating with multidisciplinary stakeholders including local public health jurisdictions, federal officials from various government agencies, and non-governmental partners
  • Systematically evaluate the progress of recovery efforts and participate in the presentation of such evaluation results at an interdisciplinary stakeholder summit planned for Summer 2020
  • Contribute to the planning, implementation, and evaluation of programs to prevent disease
  • Provide a basis for epidemiologic research

During this appointment, the participant's learning objectives include:

  • Receive hands-on experience with the Coronavirus response, with particular emphasis on cross-coordination of federal disaster recovery efforts and public health-specific needs
  • Learn how routine public health is disrupted by disasters and methods to resume normal activities as quickly as possible
  • Understand the importance and unique expertise of various federal, local, and private sector organizations in emergency response and recovery and get hands-on experience with how such organizations work together to mitigate disasters
  • Learn and be immersed in the organization, coordination, and direction of available resources in order to respond to public health emergencies
  • Participate in high-level meetings between senior local health officials and CDC leaders, to learn how public health decisions are made on a macro scale
  • Gain familiarity and experience with the extensive vetting and monitoring process required to manage federal funds
  • Learn about considerations for prioritizing the allocation of health resources
  • Learn how to monitor progress in the implementation of large-scale federally funded projects, including funding drawdown and progress of programmatic activities, and troubleshoot concerns about budgets, awards, and program implementation
  • Undergo training on operating in an emergency response, including federal-level disaster response processes and CDC-specific mechanisms
  • Learn how the CDC Emergency Operations Center collects, gathers, and analyzes data; makes decisions based on available data; and communicates decisions and valuable information to stakeholders
  • Receive training and mentorship from subject matter experts in emergency management and public health partner coordination

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 can be up to one year, 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. 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.


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

Excellent written and oral communication skills are desired.

Eligibility Requirements
  • Degree: Bachelor's Degree, Master's Degree, or Doctoral Degree received within the last 60 months or currently pursuing.
  • Discipline(s):
    • Communications and Graphics Design (1 )
    • Computer, Information, and Data Sciences (5 )
    • Earth and Geosciences (21 )
    • Engineering (5 )
    • Environmental and Marine Sciences (4 )
    • Life Health and Medical Sciences (45 )
    • Mathematics and Statistics (10 )
    • Other Non-S&E (2 )
    • Other Physical Sciences (6 )
    • Physics (16 )
    • Social and Behavioral Sciences (28 )