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Incoming EIS officers may have a choice of hiring mechanisms depending on citizenship status and other factors.

  • U.S. citizens have two options
    • Civil Service (under Title-42 Fellowships and Other Training Programs)
    • U.S. Public Health Service (USPHS) Commissioned Corps
  • U.S. permanent residents are eligible only for civil service
  • Non-U.S. Citizens must be eligible for a J-1 Exchange Visitor Status visa. Applicants who already hold a J-1 must contact the EIS Program prior to submitting an application.
U.S. Citizens and Permanent Residents

Civil Service

See Pay & Leave Salaries & Wages by location.External EIS base pay is GS 12 step 3.

Upon initial appointment, the Title-42 fellowship entry grade will be set comparable to the Federal Government General Schedule (GS) base pay rate equivalent of GS-12, step 3 regardless of previous experience and compensation. An additional locality pay, for non-medical EIS officers, is based on the location of the official duty station. In addition to base pay, physicians are allowed up to an additional $20,000 per year with an active, U.S. unrestricted license.

Additional incentives include:

  • Thrift Savings Plan
  • Federal Employees Retirement System Benefit Plan
  • Federal Employees Health Benefits Plan
  • Federal Employees Group Life Insurance
  • Federal Employees Vision and Dental Insurance Program
  • 4 hours of annual leave and 4 hours of sick leave every 2 weeks (13 days total of each)

U.S. Public Health Service (USPHS) Commissioned Corps (U.S. Citizens Only)

The USPHS is one of the seven Uniformed Services. It is a specialized career system designed to attract, develop, and retain health professionals to accomplish its mission.

Incoming EIS officers must meet eligibility criteria for the Commissioned Corps:

  • Be a U.S. citizen
  • Be less than 44 years of age (at date of entry into EIS)
  • Have a degree in an appropriate health-related discipline
  • Meet medical standards
Non-U.S. Citizens

J-1 Exchange Visitor Status (J-1 Visas)

CDC sponsors J-1 Exchange Visitor Program status for EIS officers who are not U.S. citizens. Upon initial appointment, the fellowship entry grade will be set comparable to the Federal Government General Schedule (GS) base pay rate equivalent of GS-12, step 3 regardless of previous experience and compensation. An additional locality pay is based on the location of the official duty station. All physicians must have a U.S. unrestricted license. Physicians are allowed up to an additional $20,000 per year with an active, U.S. unrestricted license.

Additional incentives include:

  • Reimbursement for insurance coverage up to $900 per month
  • 4 hours of annual leave and 4 hours of sick leave every 2 weeks (13 days total of each)