CDC Office of Science (OS) Fellowship Program 2021

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
  • 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
12/31/2021 3:00:00 PM Eastern Time Zone

*Applications will be reviewed on a rolling-basis.

Multiple research opportunities are currently available in the Office of Science (OS) at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta, Georgia.

The Office of Science (OS) mission is to promote quality, integrity, and innovation of CDC science to improve the public’s health. The office upholds scientific ideals; establishes an environment of scientific excellence, integrity and innovation; and promotes timely dissemination and translation of scientific information, innovations, and technology. In addition, this office serves as the primary advisor to CDC senior leaders on agency-wide scientific issues.

The Office of Science (OS) offers a variety of high-profile initiatives and projects, while conducting research in a fast-paced environment. Under the guidance of a mentor, the participant will train with staff on opportunities that may include:

  • Contributing to projects that focus on different aspects of CDC’s Science Agenda that includes Agency wide efforts to advance quality, integrity, and innovation of CDC science
  • Participating in quantitative and qualitative data review and analysis related to scientific initiatives within the Office of Science
  • Contributing to the development and presentation of scientific information including findings and recommendations, briefing materials, data analysis, policy research and analysis, and project proposals, related to CDC’s Science Agenda
  • Participating in collaborative engagement with scientific teams and Agency work groups
  • Contributing to the development of scientific project proposals and plans including project plan development, tracking and status reporting for key initiatives led by the Office of Science Director and other Senior Leadership in data modernization, knowledge management, and implementation science

Anticipated Appointment Start Date: Throughout 2021 (start dates are flexible)

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 be currently pursuing or have received a bachelor's, master's or doctoral degree in one of the relevant fields. Degree must have been received within five years of the appointment start date.

Preferred skills:

  • Experience leveraging innovation to solve challenges 
  • Experience communicating with external partners and stakeholders
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Technical skills in at least one of the following domains:
    • Identifying and sharing resources on data modernization/data visualization
    • Quantitative and qualitative data analysis
    • Developing science-based communication tools/resources such as presentations, 1-pagers, factsheets, talking points, briefing materials
    • Applying ethical standards to meet federal regulatory compliance requirements for scientific activities
    • Knowledge Management and Data Science
    • Policy development, analysis, legislative tracking, environmental scanning and policy research
Eligibility Requirements
  • Degree: Bachelor's Degree, Master's Degree, or Doctoral Degree received within the last 60 months or currently pursuing.
  • Discipline(s):
    • Communications and Graphics Design (2 )
    • Computer, Information, and Data Sciences (17 )
    • Earth and Geosciences (20 )
    • Engineering (27 )
    • Environmental and Marine Sciences (15 )
    • Life Health and Medical Sciences (47 )
    • Mathematics and Statistics (11 )
    • Nanotechnology (1 )
    • Other Physical Sciences (12 )
    • Physics (16 )
    • Social and Behavioral Sciences (28 )