Sports and Physical Activity Research Opportunity

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)
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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

  • Two educational or professional references

    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
1/2/2019 12:00:00 AM Eastern Time Zone

An ORISE fellowship opportunity is available in the President's Council on Sports, Fitness, and Nutrition (PCSFN), under the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health (OASH) at the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) in Rockville, MD.

Under the guidance of a mentor, the selected participant will be a member of the PCSFN Youth Sports Initiative team, which is developing a national strategy to expand children’s participation in youth sports, with a focus on children and youth in communities with below-average sports participation and communities with limited access to athletic facilities or recreational areas.

The ORISE fellow may have the opportunity to be involved in the following activities:

  • Collecting, monitoring and evaluating qualitative and quantitative research and evidence-based programs/models to identify significant gaps, best practices and effective strategies for increasing  opportunities for disadvantaged youth to participate in sports.
  • Presenting, orally and in writing, the status of his/her projects to the PCSFN team and leadership, as well as findings from literature reviews and performance measures/outcomes of relevant activities from HHS.

The 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 HHS. The initial appointment is for one year, but may be renewed upon recommendation of HHS contingent on the availability of funds. The participant will receive a monthly stipend commensurate with education level and experience. Proof of health insurance is required for participation in this program. The appointment is full-time in Rockville, Maryland. Participants do not become employees of HHS or the program administrator, and there are no fringe benefits paid.


Candidates who have obtained or are pursuing a Masters Degree in public health or a related discipline within the last five years.  Candidates who have obtained or are pursuing a PhD in sport/exercise science research and evaluation, pediatric physiology/kinesiology, public health, or a related discipline within the last two years.  For current students, proof of enrollment must be provided each semester.

  • Qualitative/Quantitative Research
  • Scientific/epidemiological analysis
  • Literature Review
  • Technical Writing
  • Oral and Written Presentation Skills
Eligibility Requirements
  • Citizenship: U.S. Citizen Only
  • Degree: Master's Degree or Doctoral Degree received within the last 60 months or currently pursuing.
  • Discipline(s):
    • Life Health and Medical Sciences (4 )
    • Social and Behavioral Sciences (2 )