CDC Applied Research and Translation 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
  • 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.

Application Deadline
3/12/2024 3:00:00 PM Eastern Time Zone

*Applications will be reviewed on a rolling-basis.

CDC Office and Location: This opportunity is available with the Applied Research and Translation (ART) Team within the Division for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention (DHDSP) at the National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (NCCDPHP), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), located in Atlanta, Georgia.

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.

DHDSP has a mission to provide national leadership, public health and scientific expertise, and program support to optimize cardiovascular health for all. Priorities for the Division include reducing the risk as well as improving the management and control of hypercholesterolemia and hypertension and reducing the burden of stroke and heart disease. The Applied Research and Evaluation Branch’s (AREB) portfolio includes translating science to practice, developing tools and products, systematic reviews, program evaluation and evaluation research, and various projects related to coordinating services for cardiovascular events, engaging organizations to promote cardiovascular health, implementing technology-based strategies to optimize cardiovascular care, leveraging community and clinical public health workforces, and supporting patients in cardiovascular disease self-management.

Research Project: This research opportunity will be focused on the ART Team’s portfolio of policy research and translation of science to practice activities and will provide an opportunity to participate on a variety of initiatives while building skills through both formal and informal training and mentoring. This research opportunity involves learning experiences for the participant relevant to evidence-based policy surveillance and analyses and knowledge translation. Under the guidance of a mentor, the participant will receive training in the following:

  1. Assessing and synthesizing public health and policy evidence;
  2. Developing visually engaging and user-friendly public health products and resources; and
  3. Participating in translation efforts occurring within the Division.

Activities with the ART Team include public health policy, health professional scopes of practice, systems of care, communication, and/or building and enhancing collaborations. The participant may gain experience and training in activities that may include 1) conducting policy analysis studies using a variety of methods, 2) providing input into translational research and identifying or designing tools and products to translate research, and 3) supporting the implementation, monitoring, and evaluation of Division initiatives.

Learning Objectives: During this training experience, the participant will:

  • Gain professional experience in a federal public health agency,
  • Apply knowledge and skills gained during time in academia,
  • Gain applied research and translation experience in cardiovascular disease prevention and management, and
  • Create a professional network of peers, mentors, and colleagues with several years of experience in public health.

At the conclusion of the training experience, the participant will be able to:

  • Discuss critical gaps and areas for future study of health disparities and policies
  • Apply translational frameworks to assess and synthesize public health evidence
  • Determine best methods and modes of communicating rigorous evidence-based findings to public health audiences

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

Anticipated Appointment Start Date: April 1, 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, 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.

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 in one of the relevant fields. Degree must have been received within the past five years.

Eligibility Requirements
  • Degree: Master's Degree received within the last 60 month(s).
  • Academic Level(s): Graduate Students or Post-Master's.
  • Discipline(s):
    • Business (1 )
    • Communications and Graphics Design (2 )
    • Computer, Information, and Data Sciences (3 )
    • Life Health and Medical Sciences (2 )
    • Mathematics and Statistics (4 )
    • Other Non-Science & Engineering (1 )
    • Social and Behavioral Sciences (11 )

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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