CDC Evaluation Fellowship Program

The 2019 application process is now open.External Applications are due 4/8/19, 1:00 p.m. EST. 

Evaluation Fellowship Program

CDC’s Program Performance and Evaluation Office invites early-career professionals to apply for inclusion in the 9th cohort of the CDC Evaluation Fellowship Program. This initiative 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.

About the Fellowship
Evaluation fellowship  orientation

CDC Evaluation Fellows: Orientation 2017

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.

About the CDC Evaluation Fellows
Fellow presenter at 2017 Evaluation Day

2017 CDC Evaluation Day event: Presenter Lindsey Bridwell (Evaluation Fellow 2016-2018)

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.

This is a training fellowship through the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE)External, so Fellows do not become employees of CDC.

Applying for the Fellowship

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. Find more information and the application at the application web site.External

Application timeline:

February – April: ApplicationsExternal accepted; deadline is 4/8/19, 1:00 p.m. EST

March: Informational webinarExternal, 3/1/19, 12:00 p.m. EST

Late April: Select and notify finalist pool (~2 times the number of eventual Fellows)

May: Host programs conduct interviews

Early June: Fellow selections & notification

Mid-August: Fellows start in Atlanta on 8/12/19

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.

For questions:  email

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

Visit the ORISE websiteExternal for more information.

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