Suicide Prevention Fellowship - CDC

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Reference Code
How to Apply

A complete application consists of:      

All documents must be in English or include an official English translation.

If you have questions, send an email to Please include the reference code for this opportunity in your email.


A fellowship opportunity is available to support the Division of Violence Prevention (DVP) in the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control (NCIPC) at the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in the Atlanta, Georgia area. 

Through its programs and initiatives, DVP works with national organizations, state and local health agencies, and other partners to develop, implement, and promote effective violence prevention and control practices. This position is in the Research and Evaluation Branch (REB) in DVP.  REB plans, directs and conducts etiologic studies, effectiveness research, dissemination/implementation research, and program evaluations focusing on the prevention of violence, including, but not limited to, youth violence, intimate partner violence, sexual violence, suicide, child maltreatment, and elder abuse. 

The fellow will assist with research related to the development and evaluation of primary prevention strategies for suicide and will collaborate with Dr. Deborah Stone, Behavioral Scientist in REB, on a project to conduct an environmental scan in all 50 US states, Washington DC and US territories to: (1) identify, document and synthesize policies, programs, infrastructure building and other activities that state agencies have engaged in to prevent suicide; (2) describe state climate around suicide prevention; (3) determine how the above factors relate to state variation in suicide rates; (4) document gaps/needs in the state suicide prevention landscape; and (5) inform CDC development of recommendations to improve state suicide planning. In addition, the fellow will have opportunities to assist with other research projects related to suicide prevention, including research trials testing the effectiveness of innovative interventions to decrease suicidality among middle-aged men, and will gain valuable knowledge and experience related to the public health approach to violence prevention.  More information on CDC’s work to prevent suicide is available on the CDC website:  

The expected start date for this position will fall between July-September 2017, depending on the candidate’s availability.  

This program, administered by ORAU through its contract with the U.S. Department of Energy to manage the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education, was established through an interagency agreement between DOE and CDC. The initial appointment is for one year, but may be renewed upon recommendation of CDC contingent on the availability of funds. The participant will receive a monthly stipend commensurate with educational level and experience. Proof of health insurance is required for participation in this program. The appointment is full-time at CDC in the Atlanta, Georgia, area. Participants do not become employees of CDC, DOE or the program administrator, and there are no employment-related benefits.


Candidates should possess a Ph.D. in psychology, sociology, criminology, public health, epidemiology, or related field received within five years of the start date of the appointment.  Non-U.S. citizens are eligible to apply. Highly qualified candidates would possess:

  • Experience or knowledge regarding suicide research and prevention or a related research area.
  • Experience or knowledge related to public health research.
  • A track record of scientific productivity exemplified by scientific publications and other evidence of effective written communication skills.
  • Ability to collaborate with other scientific and professional staff on behavioral research.  

Experience with suicide prevention research is strongly preferred, but not required. Applicants with related areas of expertise will be considered.

Eligibility Requirements
  • Degree: Doctoral Degree received within the last 60 month(s).
  • Discipline(s):
    • Life Health and Medical Sciences (2 )
    • Social and Behavioral Sciences (3 )