CDC Evaluation Fellowship Program
CDC’s Program Performance and Evaluation Office invites early-career professionals to become a CDC Evaluation Fellow. The CDC Evaluation Fellowship Program represents a major commitment by CDC to program evaluation and program improvement. Fellows work under the leadership of CDC’s Chief Evaluation Officer; they are matched with host programs to work on program evaluation activities. The application period opens in spring of each year, and in 2020, we will welcome our 10th cohort.
Started in 2011 with an initial class of 5 Fellows, the Fellowship typically has about 20 Fellows each year. Though the Fellowship has grown dramatically in just a few years, the Fellowship remains highly competitive, with selection of only about 10% of applicants each year for the Evaluation Fellowship Program.
The Fellowship is intended to be a two-year program, with the second year contingent on satisfactory performance and availability of funds. Fellows receive a monthly stipend (based on education level and experience), substantial financial support for professional development, and a supplement to offset health insurance costs.
Fellows are PhD or master’s degree professionals with backgrounds in evaluation, behavioral and social sciences, public health, and other disciplines relevant to CDC’s work. They are early-career professionals, having received their qualifying degrees no more than five years ago. Successful applicants bring varied experiences, having worked on several applied program evaluation projects in non-profit, governmental, and/or academic settings.
Non-U.S. citizens are eligible to apply. For more information, see the ORISE Guidelines for Non-U.S. Citizensexternal icon.
This is a training fellowship through the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE)external icon, so Fellows do not become employees of CDC.
Applicants for the Fellowship go through an extensive selection process, including interviews with potential host programs, culminating in CDC host programs and Fellows matched based on mutual interest.
February – April: Applicationsexternal icon accepted
Late April: Select and notify finalist pool
May: Host programs conduct interviews
Early June: Fellow selections & notification
Mid-August: Fellows start
NOTE: Qualifying degree must be completed by end of Spring semester of the year candidate is applying and on transcript by the end of June.
Read the FAQ for answers to commonly asked questions about eligibility, timing and more.