Host Site Application Process

Tips to enhance EIS host site applications:

  • Propose full-time supervisors with the required experience
  • Have available staff and resources to support the officer
  • Describe a recent EIS officer’s (or other fellow’s) activities, projects, and publications
  • Describe proposed projects for the new officer to include a surveillance evaluation project, data analysis project, and opportunities to work with public health partners

When a site applies during September-February, they are requesting to host an EIS officer who will begin their assignment the following August. The process differs for sites currently supervising an officer (current host sites) and sites without a current officer (new host sites).

The selection process for host sites is competitive and not all applicants will be selected. There are typically more host site positions than EIS officers, so approval to participate in the match process is not a guarantee of matching with an EIS officer.

Current Host Sites

The EIS program will send application instructions to current host sites in mid-December.  Applications must be submitted by the due date in February. EIS program staff review and notify sites of their acceptance or rejection to participate in the match process.

New Host Sites

New host sites must initiate the first two steps below by September 30 to be eligible to participate in the following spring’s match process.

EIS Officer explains study results to CDC colleagues in an office setting.
  1. Obtain internal consensus regarding their intention to become an EIS host site.
  2. Send an email to to notify the EIS program of your interest in becoming a host site. A program staff member will reach out to set up an initial phone call.

The following steps occur between September and February:

  1. Complete a draft host site application [430 KB, 6 Pages, 508]. Applications must include the name, background, and contact information for primary and secondary supervisors who will be actively engaged in the day-to-day work activities of the officer. Applications should contain a broad range of opportunities to support and foster ongoing professional growth, development and attainment of competencies, and increase the officer’s job-related capabilities.
  2. Prepare for a site visit. Host site applicants that meet the minimum eligibility requirements will receive a virtual or in-person site visit by the EIS program. During the visit EIS staff will assess the site’s supervisory capacity; ability to provide the officer with workspace and equipment; and capacity to provide project opportunities.
  3. Submit the application online.  If your site is approved to recruit, instructions for submitting your application via the online portal will be sent in December.