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Frequently Asked Questions

Will I be paid?

Yes. During the first year, fellows earn a salary equivalent to a GS 9, Step 1 salary. In the second year, they are eligible for a salary equivalent to a GS 9, Step 2 with geographic adjustments. In the third year, fellows may be eligible for a salary equivalent to a GS 11, Step 1. See the Office of Personnel Management Salary Table for more information.


Will I be a CDC employee?

Yes. You will be employed as a full-time equivalent during the fellowship.


Will I receive benefits?

You will receive similar employment benefits as other full-time CDC employees, including medical insurance and vacation time.


Are international candidates eligible for PHPS?

No. You must be a US citizen.


Am I required to relocate?

Yes. During the first year, CDC assignments are typically at CDC headquarters in Atlanta, Georgia, but other possible locations include


  • Washington, D.C.
  • Morgantown, West Virginia
  • Hyattsville, Maryland
  • Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Denver, Colorado

For the two-year field assignment, fellows are placed in a public health organization in the US or one of its territories.


Am I required to travel?

Yes. Fellows may be required to conduct site visits, attend conferences, and participate in other developmental opportunities necessary for their assignments.


Where might I be assigned for my CDC assignments?

Fellows will work in programs throughout CDC. Placement depends on your interests, skills, and the needs of programs. We do our best to match fellows with assignments that will provide them with the best opportunities for professional development.


Where might I be assigned for my two-year field assignment?

Fellows are placed in a state or local health department, community-based organization, or public health institute or association throughout the US and its territories.


 


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