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Application Information

Applicants to the PEF must meet the following criteria:

  • Possess a doctoral degree in economics or applied economics, decision sciences, health services research or related health sciences, industrial engineering or operations research, public policy or policy analysis, or a related quantitatively-oriented field (medical degree with additional relevant training is acceptable)
  • Non-U.S. citizens must be legal permanent residents or eligible for H1B or J-1status prior to the program’s start date.
  • Be willing to relocate to Atlanta


You must be a citizen of a country not designated as a state sponsor of terrorism. Access the U.S. Department of State’s State Sponsors of Terrorism website to verify eligibility.  Also, non-U.S. citizens must be legal permanent residents or eligible for H1B, J-1, OPT-STEM, or NAFTA Professional (TN) status prior to the program’s start date.


You must hold a PhD/ScD in decision science or a MD plus a master’s in decision science. Examples of decision science include economics or applied economics, health services research or related health sciences, industrial engineering or operations research, public policy or policy analysis, and
related quantitatively-oriented fields.


Relocation is required. Limited relocation support is provided.

Notice of Non-Discrimination

All applicants receive equal consideration without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, gender, political affiliation, age, sexual orientation, or any other non-merit factors.

General Instructions

  • Complete all sections of the online application
  • Complete first two sections in order (contact information and education)
  • Provide all unofficial graduate transcripts and references
  • If copying and pasting information, use only the following characters:
    • Letters in the English alphabet (a-z, A-Z)
    • Numbers 0-9
    • Special characters:  - @!  #  _  * .  ,  ?  ’ : ; & ( ) / \ $ % + =  “
  • Use the Print Application function to review application before submission
  • Complete all sections and submit by the submission deadline to be considered

Unofficial Graduate Transcripts

  • Request unofficial transcripts for all graduate degrees (in progress and completed) from colleges/universities
  • Save unofficial graduate transcripts as pdf files and upload online before submitting application
  • Do NOT upload high school or undergraduate transcripts
  • If an unofficial graduate transcript is not issued by a U.S. institution:
    • Submit other proof of degree completion (certified copy of diploma)
    • Translate other proof of degree completion into English
  • Graduate transcripts and other proof of degree completion will not be returned
  • NOTE: Applicants selected for the fellowship must request the university registrar/recorder of records to provide official graduate transcripts for the qualifying PhD


  • Name – Include your legal first, middle, and last name. If non-US citizen, provide name as it appears on passport
  • Email – This is your log-in ID and also used to communicate with you throughout the application process.
  • Password - 6 to 10 characters with at least one number, one uppercase character, one lowercase character,
    and one of the following: - @ ! # _ * . , ? '.  (Example: Delta123#).
  • Secret Question - Used to confirm your identity
  • Click Register to complete. To login, read the government warning, click the checkbox, and enter email address and password.

Online Application

Contact Information
  • Add all college institutions. Include dissertation title and abstract if applicable.
  • Graduate Transcripts:
    • Unofficial graduate transcripts must be in pdf format
    • Upload only unofficial graduate transcripts
    • Official graduate transcripts are necessary only if selected for the fellowship
Training and Language Skills
Work and Research Experience
Publications, Working Papers, Presentations, and Grants
Honors and Awards
Personal Statement

Personal statements are clear, concise, enthusiastic, and augment (not restate) information already provided in the application. Limit personal statements to 1,000 words that address:  

  • Why you are interested in the Prevention Effectiveness Fellowship
  • Your career plans after graduating from the Prevention Effectiveness Fellowship
  • How the Prevention Effectiveness Fellowship will help you fulfill these plans
  • How previous training and experience has prepared you for the Prevention Effectiveness Fellowship
  • Why you want to work at the CDC
Skills Self-Assessment
Program Awareness Survey
Recommendation Letters
  • Three Letters of Recommendation are required
  • Select individuals, such as faculty members or supervisors, familiar with your achievements, aspirations, and personal qualities that distinguish you as a good candidate for the PEF Fellowship.
  • Letters must be:
    • Specific to your PEF application
    • Dated within 6 months of the application
    • Written in English on official organization letterhead
    • Signed and saved in pdf format
  • Letter writers must upload their letter by the application deadline
  • Provide each letter writer with instructions using the following: Instructions for Letter of Recommendation [PDF - 1 page]
  • PEF will email letter writers instructions for uploading letters
  • Use “Track Your Application” to track receipt of your letters of recommendation by PEF

Review/Print Application

Submit Application

Submit after completing all sections of the online application and uploading your unofficial graduate transcripts. Once submitted, you can add additional references, change your contact information, and add additional unofficial graduate transcripts if necessary.

Track Application

It is your responsibility to track the receipt of your supporting documentation

	Calendar graphic for PE application process

September 19, 2016 Application opens 9:00 a.m. (EDT).
January 27, 2017 Application closes at 11:59 p.m. (EDT). Applications and supporting documents must be submitted by the deadline. Late applications will not be considered.
February 15, 2017 Candidates selected for interview are notified.
February 20 - March 3, 2017 Interviews will be performed via video conference.
March 17, 2017 Candidates selected for the program are notified.
July 14, 2017 All degree requirements must be completed.
August 21, 2017 Prevention Effectiveness Fellowship begins.

For more information contact:

CDC Steven M. Teutsch Prevention Effectiveness Fellowship
Phone: 404-498-6324