CDC Evaluation Fellowship FAQs 2020

Find application instructions here. Note that late or incomplete applications will not be considered.

Completed applications, including short answer responses, CV/resume, and two letters of recommendation, and a copy of your green card (if applicable) must be submitted by March 31, 2020, 11:59 PM EST.

Transcripts must be official transcripts, but they can be issued to students. They must be submitted as part of your application package by the deadline of March 31, 2020, 11:59 PM EST.

Applicants should request two letters of recommendation from academic or professional references, dated within one year of submission, from outside CDC (an external organization that the individual communicates with). Letters should be addressed To Whom It May Concern or Human Resources Office/Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Email recommendation letters to CDCEval@CDC.GOV with the subject line: “Recommendation letter: [your name].” Recommendation letters are due March 31st at 11:59 PM EST.

Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents/green card status valid for two or more years.

Yes. All Fellows in the 2020 cohort will be placed in host programs based in Atlanta, and Fellows must be on site. There are no exceptions to this policy.

No. Fellows are responsible for their own housing and costs to move to Atlanta.

Successful applicants typically have degrees in a STEM field, although a variety of degrees may be considered for this training program given the cross-cutting nature of public health and evaluation.  

Yes. Pending review by CDC Human Resources Office Fellows become CDC (federal) term employees for the two years of the fellowship and receive employee benefits, such as medical insurance and sick and vacation leave. Salary is based on education level and experience. Salary is based on education level and experience as determined by CDC HRO. It ranges from the equivalent of a GS-9 for masters-level Fellows with little relevant experience up to GS-12 for doctoral-level fellows with significant experience. See the federal pay schedule here.external icon

Fellows must start the Fellowship in Atlanta in mid to late August 2020.

The Fellowship is intended to be a two-year program. Fellow performance will be evaluated at the end of the first year. The second year is contingent on satisfactory performance and funding availability.

Fellows are matched with CDC programs that have applied to host fellows, so the topic areas (e.g., diabetes, preparedness, global health) vary depending on which CDC programs apply in 2020. The list of host programs will be available to applicants who advance to the “finalist” stage of the selection process.

Fellowship staff match fellows with host programs based on mutual interest. Finalists will be able to rank their preferred programs but are not guaranteed a specific placement.

No. Successful fellows come from a variety of backgrounds, including community psychology, evaluation, and public health.

Successful applicants have experience working on a variety of applied program evaluation projects in non-profit, governmental, and/or academic settings.

Most fellows continue to work in CDC programs, whether as federal employees, contractors, or other types of appointments or fellowships (but not as part of the Evaluation Fellowship program). Fellows who do not stay at CDC often go back to school, teach, and work in state health departments or the nonprofit or private sectors; most remain in the evaluation field.

Applicants who reach the finalist phase will be provided with a list of current fellows who are available to talk about the Fellowship.  

The projects that fellows take on vary based on their host program placements. Typical projects include conducting evaluations, building evaluation capacity in CDC funding recipients, and designing performance monitoring systems.

If your questions are not answered in our February 19th webinar (12:00-1:00 EST), you may email your questions to CDCEVAL@cdc.gov. Register for the informational webinar hereexternal icon.

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