CDC Sexual and Gender Minority HIV Prevention Research Postdoctoral Fellowship Program

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
6/1/2024 11:59:00 PM Eastern Time Zone

*Applications will be reviewed on a rolling-basis.

CDC Office and Location: A fellowship opportunity is available with the Division of HIV Prevention (DHP) within the National Center for HIV, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention (NCHHSTP), at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) 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.

Research Project: The purpose of this fellowship program is to recruit, mentor, and further train doctoral-level scientists to conduct research in US sexual and gender minority (SGM) populations, focusing on HIV prevention among gay, bisexual, and other men who have sex with men (MSM) and/or transgender women. The HIV Research Branch (HRB) in the Division of HIV Prevention (DHP) is the administrative lead and mentoring host of the program. The mentor and fellow will collaborate to develop an agenda of diverse SGM-related research activities completed together over the two-year training period. These activities will be based on the fellow’s area(s) of interest, training, and expertise in line with the purpose of the SGM fellowship program and available opportunities at CDC. 

Learning ObjectivesThe activities listed below represent the minimum training opportunities that a fellow will complete. 

  • 1. Participate in at least one conference or site visit related to a research project or programmatic activity related to SGM issues.
  • 2. Design, conduct, and interpret at least one analysis on social or behavioral SGM data from HRB research studies. 
  • 3. Write and submit at least one scientific manuscript to a peer-reviewed journal.
  • 4. Present a peer-reviewed abstract for at least one scientific or public health practice meeting.
  • 5. Give an oral presentation at a DHP (and/or CDC) seminar and/or branch meeting.
  • 6. Attend monthly DHP and/or CDC scientific meetings on HIV and emerging public health issues.
  • 7. Participate in other meetings to learn about HRB and DHP HIV research and prevention implementation.
Mentor(s)The mentor for this opportunity is Gordon Mansergh ( If you have questions about the nature of the research please contact the mentor(s).

Anticipated Appointment Start Date: May 2024.  Start date is flexible and will depend on a variety of factors.

Appointment LengthThe appointment will initially be for two years, 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 and Lawful Permanent Residents (LPR).

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 doctoral degree in one of the relevant fields, confirmed by May 17, 2024. Degree must have been received within the past five years.

Successful applicants will be required to re-locate to Atlanta for the 2-year fellowship appointment.

Preferred skills:

  • Doctoral-level behavioral scientists, social scientists, psychologists, sociologists, epidemiologists, and public health scientists with research training and experience.
  • Recent publications in peer reviewed journals and national conference presentations, preferably on HIV prevention among sexual and gender minority populations in the United States.
  • Demonstrated training and skills in qualitative and/or quantitative data analyses and scientific writing.
  • Training and experience in research design, measurement, implementation, analysis, and manuscript writing, with sexual and gender minority populations in the USA 
Eligibility Requirements
  • Citizenship: LPR or U.S. Citizen
  • Degree: Doctoral Degree received within the last 60 months or anticipated to be received by 5/17/2024 11:59:00 PM.
  • Academic Level(s): Graduate Students or Postdoctoral.
  • Discipline(s):
    • Life Health and Medical Sciences (4 )
    • Mathematics and Statistics (1 )
    • Social and Behavioral Sciences (5 )

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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