CDC Public Health Law 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
4/17/2023 3:00:00 PM Eastern Time Zone

*Applications will be reviewed on a rolling-basis.

CDC Office and Location: Multiple research opportunities are currently available with the National Center for State, Tribal, Local, and Territorial Public Health Infrastructure and Workforce (NCSTLTPHIW) at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta, Georgia. NCSTLTPHIW seeks to foster deeper engagement between CDC senior leaders and public health leadership from the U.S. territories and freely- associated states.

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: CDC’s Public Health Law Program and ChangeLab Solutions are proud to announce a first of its kind, Public Health Law Fellowship. This paid training opportunity will provide fellows with on-the-job training to prepare current students and recent graduates for careers in public health law and policy. The Public Health Law Fellowship was created to strengthen the public health law workforce by increasing diversity within the field and preparing the next generation of public health law professionals to respond to critical issues.

Fellowship positions will be available to current graduate or law students, as well as applicants who have graduated within four years, who have a demonstrated interest in public health law. Ideal candidates will have a strong commitment to the role of law or policy and positive community impact, improving health equity, or strengthening emergency response capacity. Successful fellows will bring lived experience with diverse perspectives, creativity, cultural awareness and inclusivity, and an innovative approach to problem solving.

Fellows will be matched with mentors whose work supports the public health law field. Each mentor will have identified public health law projects for each fellow related to health equity or emergency preparedness and response. 

The Public Health Law Program (PHLP) works to improve the health of the public by developing law-related tools and providing legal technical assistance to public health practitioners and policy makers in state, tribal, local and territorial (STLT) jurisdictions.

PHLP works with STLT public health departments and other partners to:

  • Identify public health law priorities
  • Research laws that impact the public’s health
  • Analyze public health legal preparedness
  • Conduct comparative analyses across jurisdictions
  • Prepare guidance, articles, reports, and toolkits
  • Develop and disseminate public health law curricula

For more information, please visit the PHLP website.

Learning Objectives: Fellows will receive on-the-job training in public health law and policy, mentorship from professionals at CDC and field partners, learn principles of public health law and legal epidemiology, contribute to increasing the diversity and capacity of the public health law workforce, and develop an understanding of emergency preparedness laws.

Mentor(s)This opportunity has multiple vacancies. Fellows will be matched with mentors throughout the agency. If you have questions about the nature of this research, please contact

Anticipated Appointment Start Date: Rolling dates for multiple cohorts throughout 2023: August/September.

Appointment LengthThe appointments will vary in length.

Level of Participation: The appointment is either full-time (40 hours per week) or part-time (20 hours per week).

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

Citizenship RequirementsThis opportunity is available to U.S. citizens, Lawful Permanent Residents (LPR), and foreign nationals. Non-U.S. citizen applicants should refer to the Guidelines for Non-U.S. Citizens Details page of the program website for information about the valid immigration statuses that are acceptable for program participation.

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 completed their bachelor’s degree and be currently pursuing a master’s or doctoral degree, or should have received a master’s or doctoral degree in one of the relevant fields within the past five years.

Eligibility Requirements
  • Degree: Master's Degree or Doctoral Degree received within the last 60 months or currently pursuing.
  • Academic Level(s): Graduate Students, Post-Bachelor's, Postdoctoral, or Post-Master's.
  • Discipline(s):
    • Business (11 )
    • Chemistry and Materials Sciences (12 )
    • Communications and Graphics Design (6 )
    • Computer, Information, and Data Sciences (17 )
    • Earth and Geosciences (21 )
    • Engineering (27 )
    • Environmental and Marine Sciences (14 )
    • Life Health and Medical Sciences (48 )
    • Mathematics and Statistics (11 )
    • Other Non-Science & Engineering (13 )
    • Physics (16 )
    • Science & Engineering-related (2 )
    • Social and Behavioral Sciences (29 )

I certify that I have not previously been employed by CDC or by a contractor working directly for CDC.  I understand that CDC does not permit individuals with a prior employment relationship with CDC or its contractors to participate as trainees in the ORISE program. (Exceptions may be granted for individuals who, since the previous CDC employment, have obtained a new STEM degree which necessitates training in a new field.)


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