CDC COVID-19 Epidemiology 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
8/4/2020 3:00:00 PM Eastern Time Zone

*Applications will be reviewed on a rolling-basis.

A research opportunity is currently available in the Infectious Diseases Pathology Branch (IDPB) within the National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases (NCEZID) at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, Georgia.

IDPB is the primary unit within CDC responsible for conducting laboratory studies and investigations of infectious disease of unknown etiologies. IDPB’s core function provides diagnostic testing of tissues from patients with confirmed or suspected infectious diseases, and epidemiologic support for investigations from which tissue samples might be obtained for laboratory evaluation. IDPB has an ongoing and important role in the response to cases and outbreaks of public health importance, and as part of agency-wide public health responses.  

IDPB is seeking a participant to join the Epidemiology and Operations Team. Under the guidance of a mentor, the participant will train to coordinate and organize communications between state and local public health partners; enter and analyze clinical, epidemiologic, and laboratory data collected from cases submitted to IDPB for diagnostic testing for COVID-19 including as part of medical examiner/coroner-based surveillance projects.

The participant will have the opportunity to be trained in the following activities:

  • Coordinating responses to requests for tissue-based diagnostic testing from state and local public health, medical examiner/coroner and clinical partners
  • Coordinating communications and data collection related to requests for tissue-based diagnostic testing and as part of medical examiner/coroner-based surveillance projects
  • Participating in responding to data requests and data management as needed
  • Performing basic statistical analyses of epidemiologic, clinical, and laboratory data using statistical packages such as SAS
  • Participate in IDPB and Epidemiology and Operations Team activities, meetings, evaluations, analyses, and data dissemination activities
  • Collaborating with CDC colleagues to complete other activities as assigned (e.g., contribute to outbreak consultations or investigations)

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 degree in one of the relevant fields. Degree must have been received within five years of the appointment start date.

Preferred skills:

  • SAS or other statistical software programs, epidemiologic principles, and statistics
  • Microsoft Excel and Access, including knowledge of database design
  • Basic medical terminology and medical records abstraction
Eligibility Requirements
  • Degree: Master's Degree received within the last 60 month(s).
  • Academic Level(s): Post-Master's.
  • Discipline(s):
    • Environmental and Marine Sciences (1 )
    • Life Health and Medical Sciences (45 )

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