Doctoral Degree

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We have a variety of hands-on, full-time fellowship programs for those with a doctoral degree or recent doctoral graduates. All offer a unique experience in one of many public health fields.
Topic Description Open To Length/Salary Application Period
Nursing *AACN-CDC Fellowshipexternal icon Fellows learn in the area of population health and gain hands-on experiences at the community level to enhance their preparation for professional practice. Nurses with master’s degree or doctoral degree 1 Year, paid February
Laboratory *APHL-CDC Antimicrobial Resistance Laboratory Fellowshipexternal icon
Fellows collaborate on a range of antimicrobial resistance issues. The fellowship’s mission is to introduce scientists to public health laboratory science while building the workforce needed to detect and respond to existing and emerging forms of AR.
Master’s degree or doctoral degree in microbiology, molecular biology, or a related discipline 1 Year, paid November to March
Bioinformatics *APHL-CDC Bioinformatics Fellowshipexternal icon
Fellows apply their skills to a range of important and emerging public health problems, while gaining experience in their fields (metagenomics, algorithm/software development, microbial genomics, or other research area).
Master’s degree or doctoral degree in bioinformatics or a related discipline 1 Year, paid November to February
Laboratory *APHL-CDC Infectious Diseases Laboratory Fellowshipexternal icon
Fellows train for careers in public health laboratories and support public health initiatives related to infectious diseases, such as testing, surveillance, research, and/or control measures.
Master’s degree or doctoral degree in a science-related discipline 1-2 Years, paid November to February
Bioinformatics *APHL-CDC Newborn Screening Bioinformatics and Data Analytics Fellowshipexternal icon
Fellows work with newborn screening laboratories and use their expertise in data analytic solutions to aid existing public health personnel in the use of bioinformatics in newborn screening laboratory operations and research.
Master’s degree or doctoral degree in bioinformatics or related discipline 1-2 Years, paid November to February
Statistics ASA/NCHS Research Fellowship Program pdf icon[PDF – 2 pages]external icon
Fellows work to solve methodological problems and study analytic issues relevant to the National Center for Health Statistics programs, data and facilities.
Doctoral degree 1-2 Years, paid November to January
*ASPPH/CDC Public Health Fellowship Programexternal icon Training and experience in public health and prevention practice, informatics, and policy. Those with a MPH or doctoral degree prior to the beginning of the fellowship 1-2 Years, paid February
Epidemiology *CDC/CSTE Applied Epidemiology Fellowship Programexternal icon Rigorous on-the-job training in applied epidemiology and public health at a state or local health agency. Master’s degree or doctoral degree in epidemiology or related field 2 Years paid October to January
Evaluation CDC Evaluation Fellowship Fellows work under the leadership of CDC’s Chief Evaluation Officer expand the capacity of CDC to conduct evaluation and demonstrate the impact of our work. Master’s degree or doctoral degree 2 Years, paid February to April
Applied Economics CDC Steven M. Teutsch Prevention Effectiveness Fellowship Apply academic training in quantitative methods to the science of health protection, health promotion, and disease prevention; assess the impact of public health interventions and programs. Doctoral degree (e.g., economics, decision sciences, industrial engineering or operations research) 2 Years, paid September to January
Epidemiology Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS) EIS officers serve on the front lines of public health protecting Americans and the global community as “boots on the ground” epidemiologists. CDC’s EIS officers respond to outbreaks of diseases and urgent public health threats by identifying the cause, rapidly implementing control measures, and collecting evidence to recommend how to prevent similar events in the future. Physicians, veterinarians, doctoral-level scientists, and allied healthcare professionals. 2 Years, paid March to May
Laboratory Laboratory Leadership Service PhD scientists are provided a strong foundation for future leadership and management positions in public health laboratories. Doctoral degree (science majors); minimum of 2 years of post-graduate laboratory experience 2 Years, paid April to June
Policy National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) Academy Health Policy Fellowshipexternal icon Health policy and health service research activities are conducted for the design of projects. Conduct new and innovative analyses including health policy activities related to the design of future NCHS surveys. Doctoral 13 Months, paid October to January
Health Statistics Research National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) Postdoctoral Research Program
Opportunity to monitor the multifaceted aspects of the health care environment.
Doctoral (Ph.D) 2 Years, paid At this time, NCHS is under a hiring freeze and this position is on hold until further notice. Please revisit this site for updates.
General Interest *ORISE CDC Research Opportunitiesexternal icon
Education experience to create expertise, information, and tools that people and communities need to protect their health.
Undergraduates;graduate; post-master’s;
doctoral; postdoctoral
Varies, paid Varies
Population Health Training in Place Program
Designed to strengthen the population health competencies of the public health workforce in the areas of program management and evaluation, policy development and analysis, and community health
MPH, physicians, and doctoral-level full time staff at CDC and other institutions 1 Year Mid-January to Late-February
To apply, send an email to
Global HIV/TB Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Global HIV & TB Mission of this fellowship program is to recruit, mentor, and train scientist-practitioners to conduct global HIV and TB research and to develop the translational and applied skills necessary to implement and support high-quality HIV and TB public health programs in global settings. Fellows will be trained to understand the underpinnings of interventional epidemiology and to prepare them for a career operating at the intersection of science and practice in global public health. Doctoral-level researchers (e.g., behavioral scientists, epidemiologists, social scientists, evaluators, educators, economists, anthropologists, or medical doctors with research training and/or experience) 2 Years, paid May-June
Research Postdoctoral Research Fellowship in HIV Prevention for Communities of Color Mission is to recruit, mentor, and train investigators to conduct domestic HIV and AIDS prevention research in communities of color. Upon completion of this program, participants will be able to design, conduct, and evaluate scientifically sound, culturally appropriate, HIV and AIDS prevention research activities in communities of color. Doctoral-level researchers, i.e., PhD, ScD, DrPH in behavioral sciences, social sciences, epidemiology, public health, or MD/MPH 2 Years, paid September to October
Presidential Management Fellows (PMF) Program Leadership experience focused on interactive trainings and challenging work assignments administered by the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM). Recent graduates with master’s, law, or doctoral degrees 2 Years, paid October
Informatics Public Health Informatics Fellowship Program (PHIFP)
Opportunities to apply computer and information science to help solve public health problems.
Master’s or doctoral degree students 2 Years, paid August to November
Global Health Public Health Institute/CDC Global Public Health Fellowship Programexternal icon
The fellowship offers training and experience in the field of global public health. Fellows work in CDC offices in the U.S. and abroad. Areas of focus are program management, epidemiology, surveillance, monitoring & evaluation, strategic information, and HIV/AIDS prevention.
Recent graduates with a MPH or doctoral degree prior to the beginning of the fellowship 1-3 Years, paid December to January
Health Education/
*SOPHE/CDC Student Fellowship in Injury Preventionexternal icon Students are empowered to recognize practice-based projects and prevention of unintentional injuries from the perspective of health education or behavioral sciences. Full-time masters and doctoral students 1 Year, paid April

*Denotes fellowships offered in partnership with CDC

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