FAQs for Applicants

Eligibility

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.

Transcripts should be for your qualifying/highest degree. If this degree is not STEM, you should also submit official transcripts for the lower degrees that are STEM (e.g., bachelor of science). If you are unsure, then go ahead and submit the lower STEM degrees for your application.

Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents with green cards. The green card must be valid for at least two more years from the start of the Fellowship (mid-Aug).

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.  Examples of STEM degrees are MPH, MSPH, Master of Science, PhD, and DrPH. Examples of non-STEM degrees include Master of Public Policy, Master of Art, Master of Public Administration, Master of Developmental Practice, Doctorate or Master in Education. If you have these degrees, make sure to submit official transcripts for the lower degrees that are STEM.

There is no limit on time when you last completed your qualifying degree.

Yes, qualifying degrees must be on transcript by June 2021 and you must submit official transcripts as soon as possible.

No. Successful evaluation experiences can be in a variety of different areas, such as a capstone project, working with non-profit organizations, etc.

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

We look at evaluation training (e.g., course work and professional development), breadth and depth of evaluation experience (e.g., the description of the evaluation projects, transferable work experience), good writing and communication skills, and fit for the program.

Benefits

Yes. Pending review by CDC Human Resources Office (HRO). Fellows become CDC 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 no relevant work experience up to GS-12 for doctoral-level Fellows with significant experience. See the federal salary information here.external icon

No. CDC does not offer tuition reimbursement or student loan assistance.

Federal Student Aid, an Office of the U.S. Department of Education, offers the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Programexternal icon. If you are employed by a government or not-for-profit organization, you may be able to receive loan forgiveness under the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program. Please see their website for eligibility and requirements for the program.

The Fellowship is considered a qualifying employment for the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program. One of the requirements is obtaining and submitting annual employment certification.  Fellows can request the employment certification to CDC Human Resources Office once they begin the Fellowship and will need to submit this request annually.

No. Fellows are responsible for their own housing and moving costs.

Being a Fellow

Yes. All Fellows must be on site where their host program is located (typically in Atlanta).

Important note: Due to COVID-19, CDC staff are currently teleworking full time. When this is lifted, Fellows must be on site with their host program.

Fellows must start the Fellowship in mid-August.

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. The list of host programs will be available to applicants who advance to the “Finalist” stage of the selection process.

Following the interview period, Fellows are matched with host programs based on mutual interest. Finalists will be able to rank their preferred programs but are not guaranteed a specific placement.

After completing the Evaluation Fellowship, many Fellows have found jobs 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 and/or former 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 the informational session, you may email your questions to CDCEVAL@cdc.gov.

Contact Evaluation Program