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Frequently Asked Questions

Are fellows paid?

Yes. Fellows are initially paid the equivalent of a GS 12, Step 1 salary with a raise in the second year to GS 12, Step 2 based on performance. See the Office of Personnel Management Salary Table for more information.

Are fellows CDC employees?

Yes. Fellows are employed as a full time equivalent (FTE) during their fellowship.

Do fellows receive benefits?

You will receive the same employment benefits as other full-time CDC employees (such as medical insurance and vacation).

Are international candidates eligible for the fellowship?

Yes. Work authorization information must accompany applications from non-U.S. citizens. Additional information may be solicited.

Are fellows required to relocate to Atlanta, Georgia?

Yes, though in very rare cases we have accepted fellows who worked on projects away from Atlanta. The CDC provides a relocation stipend of $3,000.

Are fellows required to travel?

Yes. Fellows may be required to

  • Conduct site visits
  • Attend conferences
  • Meet with CDC grantees and collaborators
  • Attend training opportunities

Where are fellows likely to be assigned?

Fellows will be assigned to work in various programs throughout CDC. Placement depends on a best fit between a fellow’s interests and skills and program needs. A sincere effort is made to best to match fellows with assignments that will provide them with the greatest opportunities for professional development.