CDC Evaluation Fellowship Program

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

A complete application consists of:

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

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Application Deadline
4/13/2018 1:00:00 PM Eastern Time Zone

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) seeks applicants for the 2018 class of the CDC Evaluation Fellowship Program. This is the 8th year of this initiative, and represents a major commitment by CDC to program evaluation and program improvement. Fellows work under the leadership of CDC's Chief Evaluation Officer; they will be matched with CDC host programs in Atlanta, Georgia to work on program evaluation activities for/with those programs.


About the Fellowship

  • The CDC Evaluation Fellowship Program aims to expand the capacity of CDC programs to conduct evaluation and increase its usefulness and impact.

  • The Evaluation Fellowship Program signifies CDC’s dual commitment to making program evaluation a standard part of practice and to developing a cadre of professionals with the skills to make that happen. With the CDC Evaluation Fellowship, programs will have the resources, tools, and leadership to continuously improve their work.

  • Started in 2011 with an initial class of 5 Fellows, the Fellowship has about 15-20 Fellows each year.

  • Though the Fellowship has grown dramatically in just a few years, the Fellowship remains highly competitive, with only about 10% of applicants being selected for the Evaluation Fellowship Program.

  • The Fellowship is intended to be a two-year program, with the second year contingent on satisfactory performance and availability of funds.


About the CDC Evaluation Fellows

  • Fellows are PhD or master’s degree professionals with backgrounds in evaluation, behavioral and social sciences, public health, and other disciplines relevant to CDC’s work. Successful applicants also typically have significant experience in applied evaluation projects.

  • Fellows are based in Atlanta working within one of CDC’s programs.

  • Fellows receive a monthly stipend depending on education level and experience.

  • Unlike many fellowships, CDC Evaluation Fellows receive substantial financial support for their training and professional development, and a supplement to offset health insurance costs.


Applying for the Fellowship

  • Applicants for the Fellowship go through an extensive selection process, including interviews with potential host programs, culminating in CDC host programs and Fellows matched based on mutual interest.

  • Non-U.S. citizens are eligible to apply. For more information, see the ORISE Guidelines for Non-U.S. Citizens.

  • The deadline for applying to the CDC Evaluation Fellowship Program is April 13, 2018 at 1:00 pm Eastern Time.

  • References must be uploaded by April 25, 2018 at 3:00 pm Eastern Time.

  • There are approximately 15 fellowship slots available for the 2018 class.


Selection Timeline

  • February 28:  Informational Webinar (see below for time and registration information)

  • April 13:  Application deadline

  • April 25:  References submission deadline

  • Late April:  We will select and notify finalists

  • April 26-May 29:Host programs interview finalists

  • Early June:  Fellow selection and notification

  • August 13:  Selected Fellows must start by this date


Don’t miss the 2018 Informational Webinar!

Want to learn more about the CDC Evaluation Fellowship Program, the criteria for applicants, and the application process in general? Register now for the 2018 Informational Webinar (Feb 28 11 am-noon EST).

  • Who should attend? Individuals who are interested in applying to the CDC Evaluation Fellowship program and who still have questions after reviewing our website should attend this session.
  • What will be discussed during the webinar? We will provide more detailed information about the Program, the criteria for applicants, and the application process in general.
  • When is the webinar? February 28, 2018, 11:00am – 12:00pm EST.
  • Where will the session be held? Online.  You will be contacted via email once you register on how to access the webinar link.
  • Why should you attend?  Common questions from potential applicants will be addressed in order to provide further clarification on the application process and the fellowship in general. 

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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.

  • PhD or master’s degree in evaluation, behavioral and social sciences, public health, and other disciplines relevant to CDC’s work.

  • Qualifying degree must be completed by end of spring semester 2018 and posted to their official transcript by June 2018, or have been earned within the past five (5) years.

  • Successful applicants also typically have experience in applied evaluation projects.

Eligibility Requirements
  • Degree: Master's Degree or Doctoral Degree received within the last 60 month(s).
  • Discipline(s):
    • Communications and Graphics Design (6 )
    • Computer, Information, and Data Sciences (16 )
    • Earth and Geosciences (21 )
    • Engineering (27 )
    • Environmental and Marine Sciences (14 )
    • Life Health and Medical Sciences (46 )
    • Mathematics and Statistics (10 )
    • Other Non-S&E (6 )
    • Other Physical Sciences (12 )
    • Other S&E-Related (1 )
    • Physics (16 )
    • Social and Behavioral Sciences (28 )