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Prepare Host Site Application

Applying to be a host site laboratory is a competitive process. Here are tips to enhance your application:

  • Provide several, well-described applied public health laboratory research projects that have publication potential and could be completed within the two-year fellowship.
  • Describe potential field experience opportunities, including collaborations with other laboratory or epidemiology partners.
  • Describe laboratory quality and safety needs of your laboratory or other related experiential training opportunities through which an LLS fellow could further develop these skill sets and contribute to your laboratory.
  • Explain the breadth of training experience your laboratory and designated supervisors could offer a fellow, such as access to senior leadership and support staff (e.g., biostatistician), leadership experience, cutting-edge work, travel, and presentation opportunities.
  • In addition to the general eligibility criteria, CDC laboratories must designate primary supervisors who are full-time employees (FTEs).

Pre-Match Eligibility and Application

The LLS program offers pre-match as a way to give first priority to CDC laboratories wishing to sponsor, or financially support, an LLS fellow and to state, local, or territorial public health labs who have submitted high quality applications in previous years but have not yet received a fellow through the regular match process. Host site applicants participating in pre-match will have an advantage of interviewing with fellows ahead of the regular match process.

Host site applicants are eligible to participate in pre-match if a:

  • CDC laboratory sponsors the LLS fellow position
  • State or local public health laboratory that has previously advanced to LLS match but was not assigned a fellow

Eligible host sites can apply for pre-match by providing a brief justification during the application process (as prompted in the online application system) for why their laboratory is eligible.

Contact the LLS program for additional information about:

  • the application process in general
  • how a CDC laboratory can sponsor an LLS fellow
  • pre-match processes
  • to be connected with a previous host site laboratory for peer support