CDC 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, will begin accepting applications for our 11th cohort around late January 2021; the submission deadline is early April 2021.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Applications for the Evaluation Fellowship program will open January 2021.