CDC School COVID-19 Mitigation Evaluation 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
4/12/2021 3:00:00 PM Eastern Time Zone

*Applications will be reviewed on a rolling-basis.

CDC Office and Location: Three research opportunities are currently available with the Research Application and Evaluation Branch of the Division of Adolescent and School Health within the National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention (NCHHSTP) at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta, Georgia. 

Research Project: Under the guidance of a mentor, the selected participant(s) will have the opportunity to contribute to national efforts to evaluate the implementation of mitigation strategies used to reduce transmission of COVID-19 within K-12 schools. Specifically, the participant(s) will gain experience collaborating with CDC staff to: (a) design and implement a multi-state evaluation of school-based COVID-19 mitigation strategies; (b) analyze data from the evaluation and identify key findings; (c) disseminate findings from the evaluation; (d) develop recommendations for refining COVID-19 mitigation strategies based on the evaluation findings. The participant(s) may collaborate with partners internal and external to CDC to conduct the study and ensure findings are quickly shared and used to guide future COVID-19 mitigation efforts.

Learning Objectives
  • Conducting a multi-state evaluation of school-based COVID-19 mitigation strategies
  • Compiling and managing data from a multiple sources
  • Analyzing data to identify key findings and practical recommendations for future COVID-19 mitigation efforts
  • Sharing finding from the school-based COVID-19 mitigation evaluation, including through the development of peer-reviewed manuscripts, presentations to scientific audiences, and CDC reports and translation documents
  • Collaborating with CDC staff and other national experts on the impact of and recommendations for COVID-19 mitigation strategies in schools

Mentor(s): The mentor for these opportunities is Catherine Rasberry ( If you have questions about the nature of the research please contact the mentor(s).

Anticipated Appointment Start Date: May 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 have received a master's or doctoral degree in one of the relevant fields, or be currently pursuing one of the degrees with completion by the appointment start date. Degree must have been received within five years of the appointment start date.

Preferred skills:
  • Experience conducting evaluations or health studies with K-12 schools (preferred)
  • Knowledge of research or evaluation methods appropriate for studying school-based interventions, qualitative and quantitative analytical approaches, methods for effectively communicating research findings for scientific audiences, and translating research and best practices into tools, resources, and guidance that bridges research to practice
  • Knowledge of strategies for mitigating transmission of COVID-19 in K-12 schools
Eligibility Requirements
  • Degree: Master's Degree or Doctoral Degree received within the last 60 months or anticipated to be received by 6/30/2021 11:59:00 PM.
  • Academic Level(s): Graduate Students, Postdoctoral, or Post-Master's.
  • Discipline(s):
    • Chemistry and Materials Sciences (12 )
    • Computer, Information, and Data Sciences (17 )
    • Life Health and Medical Sciences (46 )
    • Mathematics and Statistics (10 )
    • Social and Behavioral Sciences (28 )

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