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CDC Evaluation Fellowship Program

Evaluation Fellowship Program

The Program Performance and Evaluation Office manages the CDC Evaluation Fellowship Program. Now in its 8th year, 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 CDC host programs in Atlanta, Georgia to work on program evaluation activities for/with those programs.

About the Fellowship

Evaluation fellowship  orientation

CDC Evaluation Fellows: Orientation 2017

  • The CDC Evaluation Fellowship Program aims to expand the capacity of CDC programs to conduct evaluation and increase its usefulness and impact.
  • The Evaluation Fellowship Program signifies CDC’s dual commitment to making program evaluation a standard part of practice and to developing a cadre of professionals with the skills to make that happen. With the CDC Evaluation Fellowship, programs continuously improve their work with the appropriate resources, tools, and leadership.
  • The Fellowship is under the leadership of CDC’s Chief Evaluation Officer (Tom Chapel), with Fellows placed in host programs where their day-to-day activities occur.
  • Started in 2011 with an initial class of 5 Fellows, the Fellowship typically has about 15-20 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 second year contingent on satisfactory performance and availability of funds.
Fellow presenter at 2017 Evaluation Day

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

About the CDC Evaluation Fellows

  • Experience: 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. Successful applicants also typically have significant experience in applied evaluation projects.
  • Placement: Fellows are based in Atlanta working within one of CDC’s programs.
  • Funding: Fellows receive a monthly stipend depending on education level and experience and, unlike many fellowships; CDC Evaluation Fellows receive substantial financial support for their training and professional development, and a supplement to offset health insurance costs.

Hosting a Fellow

  • CDC programs, especially those with low in-house evaluation capacity, may find it useful to host a Fellow and gain access to the resources of the CDC Evaluation Fellowship Program.
  • Host programs oversee day-to-day evaluation projects and activities of the Fellow, as well as provide mentorship and supervision.

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.
  • Typical application timeline:
    • February – April:  Applications accepted
    • Late April:  Select & notify semi-finalist Fellows
    • May:  Host programs conduct interviews
    • Early June:  Fellow selections & notification
    • Mid-August:  Fellows start
  • Candidates must have received their qualifying degree within the past five years.
  • Qualifying degree must be completed by end of Spring semester of the year candidate is applying and on transcript by June.
  • This is a training fellowship through the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) , so Fellows do not become employees of CDC.

Non-U.S. citizens are eligible to apply. For more information, see the ORISE Guidelines for Non-U.S. Citizens.

For questions:  email CDCeval@cdc.gov

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

Visit the ORISE website for more information.

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