CDC Evaluation Fellowship Program

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CDC Evaluation Fellowship Program Application Information Webinar

February 19, 2020 at 12:00-1:00 pm EST

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Evaluation Fellowship Program

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 and are matched with host programs to work on program evaluation and related activities across the agency. The Program Performance and Evaluation Office (PPEO), which manages the Fellowship, is currently accepting applications for our 10th cohort; the submission deadline is March 31st, 2020.

About the Fellowship
CDC Evaluation Fellows: 2018 Orientation

CDC Evaluation Fellows: 2018 Orientation

The CDC Evaluation Fellowship Program aims to expand the capacity of CDC programs to conduct evaluation and increase its usefulness and impact. Started in 2011 with an initial class of five Fellows, the Fellowship has about 20 Fellows each year. Though the Fellowship has grown dramatically in just a few years, it remains highly competitive, with selection of only about 10% of applicants each year.

The Fellowship is intended to be a two-year program, with the second year being contingent on satisfactory performance and availability of funds. Fellows become CDC employees (Term FTE) for the duration of the Fellowship and receive employee benefits, such as medical insurance and sick and vacation leave. Salary is based on education level and experience. Fellows also receive substantial financial support for professional development.

About the CDC Evaluation Fellows
Eva Trinh and Elisha Hall

Eva Trinh and Elisha Hall (Evaluation Fellows 2017- 2019) presenting at the American Evaluation Association Conference, 2018.

Fellows are doctoral or master’s degree professionals with backgrounds in evaluation, behavioral and social sciences, public health, and other disciplines relevant to CDC’s work. Successful applicants bring diverse experience, having worked on several applied program evaluation projects in non-profit, governmental, and/or academic settings. Once at CDC, they take on a variety of projects in areas of program evaluation, evaluation capacity building, performance monitoring, and program design.

Benefits of Being a CDC Evaluation Fellow
Evaluation Fellows with former American Evaluation Association Presidents Michael Patton and Tessie Catsamba

Evaluation Fellows with former American Evaluation Association Presidents Michael Patton and Tessie Catsambas at a celebration for the 20th anniversary of the CDC Evaluation Framework in Sept. 2019. L to R: Ryan Mintz, Maya Williams, Delaney Roach, Micha Michael Patton, Samantha Budzyn, Tina Mensa-Kwao, Tessie Catsambas, and Tiffany Cobb.

Some of the many benefits to participating in CDC’s Evaluation Fellowship include the following:

  • Exposure to world-class evaluators and public health professionals who work at and visit CDC.
  • A view of the public health system from the federal level, working in various disease and prevention areas.
  • A strong cohort of Evaluation Fellows and an evaluation community of practice to learn with.
  • Strong program oversight and management from the CDC Chief Evaluation Officer and PPEO.
  • Recognition through the highly respected branding of the CDC Evaluation Fellowship Program.
  • Access to limited-duration projects outside your host program that increase your visibility and exposure across CDC.
Fellow presenter at 2017 Evaluation Day

Lindsey Bridwell presenting at 2017 CDC Evaluation Day


To become a CDC Evaluation Fellow, you must:

  • Have a doctoral or master’s level degree from an accredited academic institution in a field relevant to CDC’s work. Applicants who will complete their degrees in Spring 2020 are also eligible to apply. NOTE: The degree must be conferred and recorded on the transcript no later than June 30, 2020.
  • Have significant applied evaluation experience and be able to document three projects that demonstrate the depth and breadth of the evaluation experience
  • Be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident/green card status that is valid for at least two more years.
Applying for the Fellowship

Applicants for the Fellowship go through an extensive selection process, including interviews with potential host programs. The process culminates in a match with a CDC host program based on mutual interest.

The Fellowship anticipates bringing on up to 20 Fellows in the 2020 cohort. To apply:

  1. Submit an application via SurveyMonkey.external icon The application includes the following questions. Write your responses in advance as you must complete it in one sitting; you cannot exit and return to your survey.
    • List any special skills, research topics/experience, or other areas of expertise that you have.
    • Describe any areas of interest that you would like to develop.
    • Briefly provide some information on your formal training (classroom or otherwise) where all or part of the focus was on program evaluation approaches, methods, techniques, etc. Be specific, although course titles for all courses are not necessary. A bulleted or numbered list is acceptable. (200 words)
    • Briefly describe up to three evaluation projects you have worked on. What was the project about and what was your role in it? (150 words for each project)
    • Please provide a short essay on your qualifications for the Evaluation Fellowship and what you would like to get out of it. (450 words)
  2. Send the following to in a single email with the subject line; “Application materials: [your name]”
    • A copy of the official transcript for you qualifying degree. Transcripts marked “issued to student” are acceptable. Your qualifying degree is likely your most recent and/or the one most related to the Fellowship. If you have not yet completed that degree, submit a current transcript. You must submit an official transcript that documents that your degree has been conferred no later than the end of June 2020.
    • A current resume/CV, including academic history, employment history, relevant experiences, and publication list.
  • Two educational 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]”.
  • A copy of your green card with a current appointment date, for applicants who have permanent resident/green card status.

All documents must be in English or include an official English translation.

Application deadline is March 31, 2020, 11:59 PM EST. Incomplete or late applications will not be considered.

Application timeline:

February – March: PPEO accepts applications

February 19: Informational webinarexternal icon, 12:00-1:00 PM EST

March 31: Application deadline, 11:59 PM EST

Late April: PPEO selects and notifies finalists

May: Host programs conduct interviews

Early June: PPEO matches and notifies selected Fellow

Mid to Late August: PPEO and host programs welcome Fellows to CDC

For questions:  email

Visit the CDC Evaluation page for information about program evaluation at CDC.

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