CDC Paula E. Jayne Fellowship for Adolescent & School Health

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
8/2/2022 3:00:00 PM Eastern Time Zone

*Applications will be reviewed on a rolling-basis.

CDC Office and Location: The Paula E. Jayne Fellowship for Adolescent & School Health currently has three appointments available within the Research Application and Evaluation Branch of the Division of Adolescent and School Health (DASH) within the National Center for HIV, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention (NCHHSTP) at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) located 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.

CDC's Division of Adolescent and School Health supports school health programs to reduce youth's risk for HIV, STI, and untended pregnancy, and address related risk and protective factors including mental health, violence, and substance use.  Additionally, DASH currently supports a few school and adolescent focused pandemic-related studies such as the Adolescent Behaviors and Experiences Survey (ABES), the National School COVID-19 Prevention Study (NSCPS), and the COVID Experiences Surveys (CovEx).

Research Project: Under the guidance of a mentor, the selected participant(s) will have the opportunity to contribute to DASH's research and evaluation efforts supporting adolescent and school health.  Specifically, the fellow(s) will gain experience collaborating with CDC staff to: (a) design and implement analytic plans analyzing data on adolescent and school health from complex sample surveys (e.g., NSCPS, Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System, Profiles) and panel data (e.g., CovEx), (b) disseminate key findings from data analysis through scientific journal articles, presentations at national and regional scientific conferences, and translation materials; (c) support CDC staff with the provision of technical assistance on school health programs to local education agencies (LEAs), and (d) develop scientifically informed tools and materials to support school health.

Learning ObjectivesThe participant is expected to have the opportunity to be involved in the following activities:

  • Identifying gaps in the scientific literature on adolescent health and school health, and designing data analytic plans to address those gaps;
  • Analyzing data to identify key findings and practical recommendations for DASH programmatic work with schools;
  • Sharing findings from data analyses 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 provision of technical assistance to school districts, schools, and school partners.

Mentor(s)The mentor for this opportunity is Natalie Wilkins ( 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.

Citizenship RequirementsThis 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 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 or doctoral degree in one of the relevant fields (e.g. Epidemiology, Public Health, Education), or be currently pursuing one of the degrees with completion by August 31, 2023. Degree must have been received within five years of the appointment start date.

Preferred Skills:

  • Knowledge of research or evaluation methods and quantitative analytic approaches including experience analyzing complex sample survey data, methods for effectively communicating research findings for scientific audiences, and translating research and best practices into tools, resources, and guidance that bridges research into practice
  • Experience conducting research and evaluation with adolescents and/or schools
  • Content knowledge in the areas of health education, school-based or school-linked health services, and/or building safe and supportive school environments
Eligibility Requirements
  • Degree: Master's Degree or Doctoral Degree received within the last 60 months or anticipated to be received by 8/31/2023 12:00:00 AM.
  • Discipline(s):
    • Life Health and Medical Sciences (4 )
    • Mathematics and Statistics (1 )
    • Other Non-Science & Engineering (2 )
    • Social and Behavioral Sciences (29 )

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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