CDC Improving Access to Vision and Eye Health Information 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
6/4/2019 3:00:00 PM Eastern Time Zone

A research opportunity is currently available in the Division of Diabetes Translation (DDT) within the National Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (NCCDPHP) at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta, Georgia. 

About 14 million people, aged = 12 years, experience vision and eye problems—refractive errors, vision impairment, and eye diseases. This population is expected to increase dramatically in the coming decades, due to the aging of the population, changes in racial ethnic groups, and the increase in chronic diseases like diabetes. Vision loss is associated with high prevalence of chronic health conditions, death, falls and injuries, depression, social isolation, and poorer health-related quality of life. In 2016, the National Academies of Sciences, Medicine and Engineering (NASEM) published a report providing a roadmap for addressing vision and eye health from a population health perspectives. In response to these complex needs, the Vision Health Initiative (VHI) conducts a broad range of surveillance and epidemiologic studies of vision loss and eye diseases; applied public health research focusing on developing and testing evidence-based and cost-effective public health interventions; program implementation; and educating the public and decision makers.

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

  • Train with VHI team members and contractors to produce papers and reports by learning how to review literature, analyze data, and write manuscripts.
  • Obtain experience in communication and Website enhancement; train with VHI team and contractors to create, populate, and sustain the VHI Website including the static pages and the interactive data tools.
  • Learn how to communicate with states to build infrastructure and enhance state capacity to prevent vision loss and improve eye health. Train with VHI team members to produce state fact sheets and identify promising interventions.
  • Learn how to develop and refine targeted and sustained communication and distribution systems for VHI information and products. (e.g., design and implement dissemination strategies to the public, private and organizational sectors.)
  • Receive training in partnership engagement and management; train with VHI team partners to identify opportunities and common projects. Learn how to communicate with internal and external partners to increase and sustain the visibility of the Vision Health Initiative.
  • Obtain experience in collaborating effectively with other public health professionals, community-based organizations, academic institutions, other divisions and centers at CDC and other government agencies to achieve overall VHI objectives
  • Obtain experience in presenting scientific research findings and program policy information at national conferences and meetings.

Anticipated Appointment Start Date: August 1, 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, or be currently pursuing one of the degrees and will reach completion by the end of May 2019. Degree must have been received within five years of the appointment start date.

Preferred skills/experience:

  • Strong oral and written communication skills
  • Good quantitative skills
  • Experience in data analysis and developing public health partnerships
  • Experience using statistical software such as SAS, Stata
Eligibility Requirements
  • Degree: Master's Degree or Doctoral Degree received within the last 60 months or anticipated to be received by 5/31/2019 11:59:00 PM.
  • Discipline(s):
    • Communications and Graphics Design (2 )
    • Computer Sciences (2 )
    • Life Health and Medical Sciences (3 )
    • Mathematics and Statistics (1 )