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Prepare Host Site Application

Your host site laboratory application is reviewed during the selection process and by fellow applicants as they choose labs to interview with during match. Here are tips to enhance your application:

  • Provide at least one well-described applied public health laboratory research project that has publication potential and could be completed within the two-year fellowship; multiple research project descriptions are encouraged.
  • Describe projects that provide opportunities to build leadership and management skills.
  • 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, working with multidisciplinary teams, cutting-edge work, travel, and/or presentation opportunities.
  • Describe potential field experience opportunities, including collaborations with other laboratory or epidemiology partners.
  • Describe how your laboratory infuses training experiences or the working environment with diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility and/or health equity principles.

Pre-Match Eligibility and Application

The LLS program offers pre-match to ensure LLS fellows are matched with priority host sites in state, local, tribal, or territorial public health labs or with CDC laboratories wishing to financially support, or sponsor, an LLS fellow. LLS fellow placement priorities in public health labs may vary among years based on the changing needs of the public health workforce and laboratory capacity. All pre-match eligible host sites must submit high-quality host site applications to the LLS program through the routine application process, but pre-match eligible host sites have an advantage of interviewing with fellows ahead of the regular match process.

Pre-match eligible host site applicants must be one of the following:

  • State, local, tribal, or territorial public health laboratory that has not previously hosted an LLS fellow
  • State or local public health laboratory that has previously advanced to the LLS match process but was not assigned a fellow
  • CDC laboratory that financially supports the LLS fellow position

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.