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Application Information


The Public Health Informatics Fellowship Program (PHIFP) invites applications from qualified candidates interested in applying information technology to meet public health needs.

Applicants must:

  • Meet the education and experience requirements
  • Be willing to commit to a 2-year full-time program
  • Be willing to relocate to one of six assignment locations


The eligibility requirements are being revised and will be posted soon.



PHIFP fellows are matched to assignments at CDC programs. Relocation is required to one of these locations:

  • Atlanta, Georgia
  • Washington, DC
  • Fort Collins or Denver, Colorado
  • Hyattsville, Maryland
  • Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania


U.S. citizenship is not required. However, citizens of countries that the U.S. Secretary of State has determined to be State Sponsors of Terrorism are not eligible.

Applicants who are not U.S. citizens or permanent residents must

  • Meet all education and experience requirements
  • Be eligible for a J-1 Visa under the Research Scholar category (CDC will sponsor the J-1 visa for those selected for PHIFP)

Apply online. Upload supporting documents in the online application.

The following supporting documents are required:

You can track receipt of your letters of recommendation only after you submit your application.

  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Unofficial college or university transcripts

The online application requires the following:

  • Contact information
  • Education
  • Post-graduate training and skills
  • Work and volunteer experience
  • Publications, presentations, and grants
  • Honors and awards
  • Personal statement (in essay form) of 1,000 words or less that addresses the following questions:
    1. What are your career plans after graduating from PHIFP? Why?
    2. How will PHIFP help you fulfill these plans?
    3. How will PHIFP complement your previous training and experience?
  • Applicant survey

Letters of recommendation must be uploaded in the application.

Letters of Recommendation

Upload three letters of recommendation from persons familiar with your academic achievements, aspirations, personal qualities, and professional attributes.

Letters must be specific to your PHIFP application and dated within 6 months of the application.

Before You Apply

  • Provide a copy of the Recommendation Letter Instructions [PDF - 214 KB] to persons writing letters of recommendation on your behalf
    • One letter must be from a faculty member or supervisor
    • Letters must be written in English
  • Let the letter writers know they will receive an email from with instructions about how to submit the letter electronically

As You Apply

  • Go to the Add Letter of Recommendation section to enter information about persons who will write your letters of recommendation
  • Click Update to send a system-generated email from
  • Once the letter writers have received the email, they will be able to upload recommendation letters

Instructions for the Letter Writers

The person writing the recommendation must:

  • Sign the recommendation letter
  • Save the letter as a PDF
  • Click the link in the email from to upload the letter



You cannot upload transcripts after you submit your application.

Provide copies of transcripts for all degrees earned or in progress.

Applicants with degrees requiring a completed thesis or dissertation must have defended their thesis or dissertation on or before March 15, 2016.

  • When a transcript is not issued by a U.S. institution:
    • Other proof of degree completion (e.g., certified copy of a diploma) must be submitted
    • Diploma or other proof of degree completion must be translated into English
  • High school transcripts are not required
  • Transcripts and other proof of degree completion will not be returned
  • Applicants accepted into PHIFP must provide official transcripts or other proof of degree completion

Before You Apply

Request an unofficial copy of all college or university transcripts. You must upload the transcripts into the application as PDF files.

As You Apply

  • Complete required fields for college or university education and click Update
  • On the Education page, click Upload next to each college or university
  • Click Browse and select the college or university transcript PDF
  • Click Open to attach the PDF
  • Confirm transcript PDF successfully uploaded


If You Are Accepted

If you are accepted into PHIFP, request that your college or university registrar or recorder of records provide official transcripts or other proof of degree completion.  

Application Timeline


Application opens (9:00 a.m. ET).

November 19, 2015

Application closes (11:59 p.m. ET).

February  2016

Selected candidates invited to interview.

March and April 2016

Interviews conducted at CDC in Atlanta, Georgia, or by telephone (candidates interviewed in person will be responsible for their travel expenses).

Candidates notified of acceptance into PHIFP.

Summer 2016

PHIFP fellows start their assignment.