Applying to CDC Evaluation 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.

Eligibility Criteria

The following are the Fellowship eligibility criteria:

  • Be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident with a green card status that is valid for at least two more years from the start of the Fellowship (mid-August).
  • Have significant applied program evaluation experience and be 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

If selected as Fellows, applicants should be prepared to

  • 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 contingent on satisfactory performance and availability of funds.
  • Relocate to the location of the CDC host program (most are in Atlanta, GA)

Required Materials for Your Application

The application deadline is February 22, 2022 11:59 PM EST. Incomplete or late applications will not be considered. Only complete application packages that include all of the following will be considered:

  1. Submit online application.external icon Make sure to write your responses in advance as you must complete this section in one sitting; you cannot exit and return to your survey. The specific question prompts from the application form are the following:
    1. List any special skills, research topics/experience, or other areas of expertise that you have. (<200 words)
    2. Describe any areas of interest that you would like to develop. (<200 words)
    3. 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)
    4. Briefly describe up to three evaluation projects you have worked on including your role in the project, evaluation approach and methods used, and outcomes. What was the project about and what was your role in it? (<200 words for each project)
    5. Please describe your experience working on a project or in a setting where there was diverse representation in perspectives, background, and/or culture. Explain the context and collaborators, as well as your approach to bringing different people, perspectives, and backgrounds together to accomplish goals. Include how you may have considered diversity, equity and inclusion in your approach and actions. This experience does not have to be specific to evaluation projects. (<200 words)
    6. 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. Email your resume/CV and copy of Green Card (if applicable) using the subject line “Application: Last Name, First Name” to CDCEval@CDC.GOV. All documents must be in English or include an official English translation.
    • Resume/CV including academic history, employment history, relevant experience, and publication list. Please use this naming convention for the filename:  “LastName_FirstName_CV_Resume”
    • Green Card: If you are a U.S. permanent resident with green card status, provide a copy of your green card with a current appointment date. The green card must be valid for at least two more years from the start of the Fellowship (mid-Aug). Please use this naming convention for the filename: ”LastName_FirstName_Greencard”
  3. Submit Transcripts issued to the “CDC Evaluation Fellowship and CDC Human Resources Office” to
    • The qualifying degree is the one most related to the public health and evaluation. Successful applicants’ education must meet the requirements of the U.S. Office of Personnel Management’s (OPM’s) requirements for the health science (0601external icon) or behavioral science (0101external icon) occupational series to be hired. Examples of Fellows’ degrees are MPH, MSPH, Master of Science, PhD, and DrPH and concentrations include public health, epidemiology, sociology, anthropology, biostatistics, and community psychology.
    • Transcripts must be official and state your degree of study, courses taken, earned grades, and graduation date.
      • Transcripts issued to the student may be acceptable with the initial application. If the applicant moves on to be a finalist, we need an official transcript sent from the academic institution(s) issued directly to “CDC Evaluation Fellowship and CDC Human Resources Office.”
      • If your academic institution does not have electronic official transcripts available, then please discuss with the Fellowship at
    • If the degree conferred is from a non-US academic institution, you need to provide a certifying letter that certifies that your degree is equivalent to US-accredited academic institution.
      • A credentialing company must evaluate foreign transcripts for U.S. equivalency and all transcripts must be translated into English.
      • The applicant is responsible for any cost associated with this evaluation. For a list of credentialing companies, you may visit the National Association of Credentialing Evaluation Services (NACES) websiteexternal icon; the NACES list is not all-inclusive. CDC does not endorse any company. The applicant can choose any credentialing evaluation company they like.
    • Applicants who will complete their degrees in the Spring semester of the application year are also eligible to apply.
      • Your degree must be conferred by the 2022 spring semester to be considered for the 2022 Class.
      • Your transcript must provide information for the degree you are working towards, completed courses, grades received, and remaining courses.
      • If selected as a Fellow, you must submit a final official transcript that shows the date you conferred your degree no later than early June to be able to be selected and hired. Please refer to the instructions above for sending an official transcript.
  4. Have 2 educational or professional references submit letters of recommendations to using the subject line “Reference: Applicant Last Name, First Name”. If applicable to you, only one letter can be from someone who is currently employed at CDC.

The letters must

    • Be signed and dated within one year of submission
    • Be addressed to “To Whom it May Concern” or “Human Resources Office, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention”
    • Be specific to the CDC Evaluation Fellowship Program application
    • Be on letterhead from the organization and if possible, have signature from the reference. If the letter is not on a letterhead from the organization, then a signature from the reference is required.
    • Use this naming convention for the filename: “ApplicantLastName_FirstName_ReferenceName”

Application Timeline

Applications are now open for submission. All applications materials are due February 22, 2022 11:59 pm EST. Incomplete or late applications will not be considered.

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February 22, 2022 11:59 pm EST

All application materials due

March 9, 2022

PPEO notifies those who are moving on as finalists

March 14, 2022

Deadline for finalists to review and rate their interests in CDC host programs

March 15 – April 28, 2022

Host programs review finalist application packets, select finalists to invite, and conduct interviews.

April 28, 2022

Deadline for CDC host programs and finalists to submit rank-ordered list respectively

April 29, 2022

PPEO conducts match and notifies finalists who matched.

May 4, 2022

Deadline for matched finalists to accept or decline assignments

May – August 2022

Selected Fellows respond to necessary paperwork and onboarding actions promptly.

August 15, 2022

Estimated start date and CDC employee orientation

August 16 – 18, 2022

CDC Evaluation Fellowship orientation

Contact Evaluation Program
Page last reviewed: January 12, 2022