CDC Global Health Fellowship Opportunity

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
3/8/2024 3:00:00 PM Eastern Time Zone

*Applications will be reviewed on a rolling-basis.

CDC Office and Location: A research fellowship is available within the Office of the Director, Global Health Center (GHC), at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) located in Washington, DC.

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.

The Global Health Center (GHC) is at the forefront of CDC’s efforts to work with countries to build their ability to prevent, detect, and respond to infectious disease threats. The GHC Washington office, within GHC’s Office of the Director, supports this work by establishing, maintaining, and leveraging relationships with interagency, external, and multilateral partners to advance CDC’s policy, communications, and programmatic priorities in support of the agency’s global health mission.

Global Health Center (GHC) | CDC

Research Project: The participant will collaborate with CDC staff, U.S. interagency partners (e.g., HHS, State Department, USAID, National Security Council), multilateral organizations (e.g., World Health Organization, World Bank), and external partners (e.g., PATH, UN Foundation, Global Health Council) to advance CDC’s global health priorities and research opportunities for CDC to be better represented among Washington, DC stakeholders. Under the guidance of a mentor, the participant may support the following:

  • Partner Engagement. Help to identify, initiate, and foster new collaborations with U.S. Government, non-governmental, multilateral, and private sector organizations and individuals that can help to advance strategic policy, communications, advocacy, and program goals and objectives.
    • Identify key contacts and develop actionable strategies for engaging around shared interests in global health.
    • Identify opportunities to use new partners to communicate about and advance CDC’s global portfolio through engaging atypical or new audiences.  
    • Support efforts to further develop and implement actionable strategies for engaging the private sector around shared interests in global health.
  • Identify communications opportunities. Collaborate with communications lead to identify and advance strategic communications opportunities, including through op-eds, web, social media, and other avenues
    • Support efforts to document, develop engaging content, and help to communicate CDC global successes.
    • Draft Hill notifications, partner notifications, social media messages, reports, and other content to educate and inform strategic stakeholders about CDC’s global portfolio and worldwide impact    
  • Special Projects. Engage in special projects as assigned. Special projects may include, but are not limited to:
    • Research past and current U.S. policy to inform interagency discussion and negotiations.
    • Support climate and health strategies.
    • Track global health legislation.
    • Assess potential impact of U.S. policy changes on CDC global programs (e.g., PEPFAR, global health security, pandemic preparedness and response).
    • Advance Global Health Equity.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understanding of global health policy and Washington, DC environment, including CDC’s role in the interagency and external partner architecture.
  • Ability to translate and communicate critical technical global health policy and programs to a wide range of audiences.
  • Capacity to interact with and operate across a variety of global health stakeholders.

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

Anticipated Appointment Start Date: March 4, 2024. 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: Stipend rates may vary based on numerous factors, including opportunity, location, education, and experience. If you are interviewed, you can inquire about the exact stipend rate at that time and if selected, your appointment offer will include the monthly stipend rate.

Citizenship Requirements: This opportunity is available to U.S. citizens 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.

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

Desired Skills and Knowledge:

  • Experience in global health settings and with partners such as Ministries of Health and the World Health Organization
  • Communications experience
  • Ability to handle competing priorities in a fast-paced environment
  • Professionalism and diplomacy
Eligibility Requirements
  • Citizenship: U.S. Citizen Only
  • Degree: Master's Degree or Doctoral Degree received within the last 60 month(s).
  • Academic Level(s): Graduate Students, Postdoctoral, or Post-Master's.
  • Discipline(s):
    • Communications and Graphics Design (2 )
    • Earth and Geosciences (1 )
    • Environmental and Marine Sciences (2 )
    • Life Health and Medical Sciences (51 )
    • Other Non-Science & Engineering (12 )

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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