CDC Health Communications 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
2/28/2020 3:00:00 PM Eastern Time Zone

*Applications will be reviewed on a rolling-basis.

A research opportunity is currently available with the Travelers' Health Branch (THB), Division of Global Migration and Quarantine (DGMQ), within the National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases (NCEZID) at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) located in Atlanta, Georgia.

The Travelers' Health Branch works to keep US residents safe and healthy while traveling and living overseas. The branch is responsible for evaluating risk, monitoring disease outcomes, developing interventions, and reducing the risk for travel-related illness in US residents.

The selected participant will be placed in the Travelers’ Health Branch (THB) and will be involved with several health communication and education projects for travelers and travel medicine experts. In this project, the participant will train with health communication and education specialists, medical officers and subject matter experts in other areas of CDC as well as public health professionals from outside the agency. Projects will include, but are not limited to, contributing to the development of Travel Health Notices for CDC's Travelers' Health website and collaborating with the branch's medical editors to participate in the development of the popular CDC publication “Health Information for International Travel” (a.k.a The Yellow Book).

Anticipated Appointment Start Date: December 2019

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 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 with Microsoft Office including Outlook, Word, PowerPoint, and Excel
  • Experience in principles of clear communication, health literacy, and plain language of written content to multiple types of audiences
  • Diverse experience in creating content for and overseeing a variety of communication formats and platforms, including social media
Eligibility Requirements
  • Degree: Master's Degree or Doctoral Degree received within the last 60 month(s).
  • Discipline(s):
    • Communications and Graphics Design (2 )
    • Life Health and Medical Sciences (4 )