CDC Suicide Prevention Research Fellowship

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

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.

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

Application Deadline
7/3/2020 3:00:00 PM Eastern Time Zone

*Applications will be reviewed on a rolling-basis.

A research opportunity is currently available with the Division of Injury Prevention (DIP), within the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control (NCIPC), at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta, Georgia. 

The selected participant will conduct research under the direction of a mentor who is the Division Associate Director for Science and will engage with CDC scientific, programmatic, and communications staff. The participant will engage with two topical focus areas for NCIPC: suicide and adverse childhood experiences (ACEs). Suicide is a serious growing public health problem that can have lasting harmful effects on individuals, families, and communities. ACEs have a tremendous impact on future violence victimization and perpetration, and lifelong health and opportunity.

Learning objectives for the participant will be related to:

  • Establishing partnerships and directly collaborating with state health departments, key non-government organizations (NGO) and stakeholders
  • Assessing existing materials and programs that address suicide and ACEs prevention
  • Conducting literature reviews related to content on suicide prevention
  • Assessing the needs of populations vulnerable to suicide
  • Identifying effective prevention strategies that are or can be deployed virtually, especially during shelter in place orders
  • Partnering with CDC subject matter experts and NGOs to update and create new informational and prevention tools and programs which can be deployed during catastrophic events such as COVID-19
  • Contributing to the development and deployment of new virtual resources, trainings, and modules that address the prevention of suicide and ACEs

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 can be up to 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.


The qualified candidate should have received a doctoral degree in one of the relevant fields, or be currently pursuing the degree and will reach completion by July 2020. Degree must have been received within five years of the appointment start date.

Preferred skills:

  • Strong experience with literature reviews, bibliography compilation, web-searches, and project tracking
  • Demonstrated skills with Microsoft Office (e.g., Outlook, Excel, Word, PowerPoint), citation software (e.g., EndNote), and project management tools
  • Ability to interpret and summarize scientific data
  • Proficiency with oral and written communication skills, including scientific writing
  • Proficiency in English
  • Knowledge and experience with suicide and ACEs prevention programs and research
  • Experience in program and training development, implementation, and evaluation 
  • Demonstrated track record of collaborating effectively across disciplines, community environments, and sectors
Eligibility Requirements
  • Citizenship: LPR or U.S. Citizen
  • Degree: Doctoral Degree received within the last 60 months or anticipated to be received by 7/31/2020 11:59:00 PM.
  • Academic Level(s): Graduate Students or Postdoctoral.
  • Discipline(s):
    • Life Health and Medical Sciences (2 )
    • Social and Behavioral Sciences (8 )

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