CDC Maternal and Child Nutrition Fellowship

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
  • 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.

Application Deadline
9/30/2021 3:00:00 PM Eastern Time Zone

*Applications will be reviewed on a rolling-basis.

CDC Office and LocationA research opportunity is currently available with the Nutrition 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.

Research Project: This project will provide training in the area of domestic U.S. maternal and child nutrition, with a specific focus on the importance of nutrition in the first 1,000 days (pregnancy through a child’s first two years). The research participant will collaborate with others to synthesize the science and translate it into policy and programmatic efforts designed to improve nutrition in the first 1,000 days.

Learning Objectives
  • Building public health skills in research, synthesis, translation, and dissemination of evidence on social, environmental, and policy factors related to maternal and child nutrition. The majority of the research focuses on pregnancy through two years of age.
  • Contributing to the development of guidance documents and written reports with an emphasis on environmental and policy strategies to help address critical factors related to a healthy pregnancy, support for breastfeeding and optimal early child nutrition in clinical settings, childcare settings, and state public health systems
  • Synthesizing information and communicating with partners and to the general public
  • Participating in interdisciplinary work groups and interacting with experts including public health nutritionists, health education specialists, evaluation specialists, maternal and pediatric health care providers, and epidemiologists
  • Conducting systematic reviews of the scientific literature on the health effects of multiple health behaviors and practices during pregnancy and the first two years of a child’s life
  • Contributing to the preparation of briefing documents on policy and program for review by public health leaders, policy makers, hospital administrators, etc.

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

Anticipated Appointment Start Date: September 13, 2021.  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: The participant will receive a monthly stipend commensurate with educational level and experience.

Citizenship Requirements: This opportunity is available to U.S. citizens, Lawful Permanent Residents (LPR), and foreign nationals. Non-U.S. citizen applicants should refer to the Guidelines for Non-U.S. Citizens Details page of the program website for information about the valid immigration statuses that are acceptable for program participation.

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.

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 be currently pursuing or 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, or needs to be completed within 6 months if currently pursuing the degree.

Preferred skills:
  • Knowledge with policy, systems, or environmental change approaches
  • Training or experience in at least one of the following topics: infant and child feeding, nutrition, obesity
  • Experience conducting statistical analyses with statistical software systems such as SAS, SPSS, Stata, or R
Eligibility Requirements
  • Degree: Master's Degree received within the last 60 months or currently pursuing.
  • Discipline(s):
    • Life Health and Medical Sciences (4 )
    • Mathematics and Statistics (1 )