CDC Added Sugars Reduction 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
10/3/2022 3:00:00 PM Eastern Time Zone

* Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, as they are submitted. A candidate may be selected prior to the published closing date for applications.

CDC Office and Location: A research opportunity is currently available with the Office of Policy, Partnerships, and Communication (OPPC), in the Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Obesity (DNPAO) within the National Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (NCCDPHP) at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta, Georgia. 

The 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.

Research Project: This project will provide experience in DNPAO's approach to public health nutrition, with a specific focus on reducing added sugars. The fellow will have the opportunity to learn about partnership work to advance priorities and strategies that the division utilizes to communicate about efforts to improve nutrition. The project involves training with a diverse group of public health professionals, including dietitians, epidemiologists, policy and law experts, and communication experts. 

Learning Objectives: Under the guidance of a mentor, the participant will have the opportunity to be involved in the following activities:

  • Researching, synthesizing and translating evidence on social, environmental, and policy strategies related to reducing added sugars.
  • Reviewing, summarizing and translating scientific literature on added sugars.
  • Participating in new or existing partnership activities.
  • Presenting findings to a range of audiences.
  • Participating in various Division groups to support the development of a variety of translation and/or communication products.
  • Attending an external meeting(s) (e.g. national meeting, meeting with federal partners, site visit, etc) to learn about policies and practices aimed at reducing added sugar at a population level. 

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

Anticipated Appointment Start Date: August 29, 2022.  Start date is flexible and will depend on a variety of factors.

Appointment LengthThe 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 ParticipationThe appointment is full-time.

Participant StipendThe participant will receive a monthly stipend commensurate with educational level and experience. There will be a 70% health insurance allowance for the participant to either obtain new or offset their direct costs for existing health insurance. There will be no relocation allowances.

Citizenship RequirementsThis opportunity is available to U.S. citizens only.

ORISE InformationThis 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 degree in one of the relevant fields, with a demonstrated understanding of at least one of the following: public health, nutrition policy, health promotion, and/or health equity. Degree must have been received within five years of the appointment start date.

Preferred Skills:

  • Experience with public health partnership and communication activities.
  • Understanding of nutrition, especially added sugars.
  • Familiarity with policy and/or environmental change strategies that address nutrition. 
Eligibility Requirements
  • Citizenship: U.S. Citizen Only
  • Degree: Master's Degree received within the last 60 month(s).
  • Academic Level(s): Post-Master's.
  • Discipline(s):
    • Communications and Graphics Design (6 )
    • Life Health and Medical Sciences (5 )
    • Social and Behavioral Sciences (4 )

CDC Affirmation Statement:  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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