Fellow Eligibility and Requirements

Key points

  • The CDC Evaluation Fellowship Program works with fellows to make program evalaution a standard practice.
  • Fellows must have a doctoral or master's degree.


The following criteria determine if an applicant is eligible:

  • Have U.S. citizenship or permanent resident with a green card valid for at least two years from the start of the Fellowship (mid-August).
  • Have significant applied program evaluation experience and able to document three projects that demonstrate the depth and breadth of the evaluation experience.
  • Have a doctoral or master's level degree from an accredited academic institution in a field relevant to CDC's work. Examples of degree concentration include public health, epidemiology, sociology, anthropology, biostatistics, and community psychology. For upcoming or recent graduates, the degree must be conferred by the end of the spring semester of the application year.

To become a fellow, if accepted, the applicant must:

  • Meet CDC/ATSDR requirements for general employment suitability (e.g., favorable background security check for U.S. Government employment).
  • Commit full time to the Fellowship assignment for two years (the second year is determined by satisfactory performance and availability of funds).
  • Relocate to the location of the CDC host program (most are in Atlanta, Georgia).

Fellows' education and experience must meet the requirements of the U.S. Office of Personnel Management's (OPM's) requirements for the health science (0601) or social science (0101) occupational series to be hired.