CDC Food Insecurity - Nutrition and Obesity Fellowhsip

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
9/25/2020 3:00:00 PM Eastern Time Zone

*Applications will be reviewed on a rolling-basis.

A fellowship opportunity is currently available with the Obesity Prevention and Control Branch in the Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity and Obesity (DNPAO) within the National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (NCCDPHP) at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) located in Atlanta, Georgia.

DNPAO’s Obesity Prevention and Control Branch supports both population-based approaches for healthy eating and active living and targeted equity strategies to ensure everyone has a fair chance of improving diet quality to reduce the burden of chronic disease and support healthy child development. The Branch conducts surveillance, applied research and evaluation, translation and guideline development, and technical assistance on topics such as implementing nutrition standards and creating heathy food environments in key venues such as early care and education facilities, hospitals, worksites, public institutions, retail venues, and food banks and pantries.

This fellow will receive training and gain experience in DNPAO’s policy, systems, and environmental approach to promoting healthy food access and reducing food and nutrition insecurity. The fellow will receive training and collaborate with a diverse group of public health professionals, including epidemiologists, nutritionists, health education specialists and evaluation specialists. DNPAO has a long history of engagement with state and local health departments, national associations, professional organizations, industry stakeholders, community-based organizations, federal partners, and with multi-disciplinary members of the Nutrition and Obesity Policy Research and Evaluation Network (NOPREN).

As part of the fellowship, the fellow will receive training and may engage in COVID-19- related food security response activities of the Food Systems Working Group. As the pandemic continues, un- and underemployment, income losses, possible food supply disruptions and rising food costs may has impacted household food security in the U.S.  Food insecurity prevalence varies across communities and by factors such as education, income, race/ethnicity, and age. Food insecurity is also an independent factor in exacerbating chronic disease morbidity and healthcare costs including reduction in self-management of obesity, type 2 diabetes, chronic kidney disease, and cardiovascular disease.

Under the guidance of a mentor, the participant will receive training on the following activities:

  • Collaborating with internal staff and partners to inventory resources, training needs, and metrics related to food banks, food pantries, and other charitable food settings to determine gaps and timely needs.
  • Collaborating to develop an approach to support community stakeholders in local food system action planning and prioritization related to addressing food insecurity. 
  • Participating in community-based participatory approaches to ensure aspects of client choice models for food pantries, culturally appropriate food procurement, and tailored messages can support those at highest risk of nutrition insecurity.
  • Participating with workgroups and teams to determine and develop criteria to categorize promising and emerging practices and advising DNPAO recipients and partners;
  • Presenting findings to a range of audiences. Participating as a member of various Division workgroups to support the development of a range of translation- and evaluation-related projects.

Anticipated Appointment Start Date: November 2, 2020

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:

  • Familiarity with policy and/or environmental change strategies that address nutrition, food security, or obesity;
  • Experience working in nutrition, food security, and/or obesity;
  • Knowledge of analytical techniques and previous scientific writing experience.
Eligibility Requirements
  • Degree: Master's Degree or Doctoral Degree received within the last 60 month(s).
  • Discipline(s):
    • Life Health and Medical Sciences (7 )
    • Social and Behavioral Sciences (1 )