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Incoming LLS fellows may have a choice of hiring mechanisms depending on citizenship status and other factors.

  • U.S. citizens have two options
    • Civil Service (under Title-42 Fellowships and Other Training Programs)
    • U.S. Public Health Service (USPHS) Commissioned Corps
  • U.S. permanent residents are eligible only for civil service
U.S. Citizens and Permanent Residents

See Pay & Leave Salaries & Wages by location. LLS base pay is GS 12 step 3

Civil Service

Upon initial appointment, the Title-42 fellowship entry grade will be set comparable to the Federal Government General Schedule (GS) base pay rate equivalent of GS-12, step 3 regardless of previous experience and compensation. An additional locality pay, for non-medical LLS fellows, is based on the location of the official duty station.

Additional incentives include:

  • Thrift Savings Plan
  • Federal Employees Retirement System Benefit Plan
  • Federal Employees Health Benefits Plan
  • Federal Employees Group Life Insurance
  • Federal Employees Vision and Dental Insurance Program
  • 4 hours of annual leave and 4 hours of sick leave every 2 weeks (13 days total of each)

U.S. Public Health Service (USPHS) Commissioned Corps (U.S. Citizens Only)

The USPHS is one of the seven Uniformed Services. It is a specialized career system designed to attract, develop, and retain health professionals to accomplish its mission.

Incoming LLS fellows must meet eligibility criteria for the Commissioned Corps:

  • Be a U.S. citizen
  • Be less than 44 years of age (at date of entry into LLS)
  • Have a degree in an appropriate health-related discipline
  • Meet medical standards