Apply to Host a Fellow

Class of 2020 LLS fellow Christine Lee processes samples during a deployment for a University of Wisconsin COVID-19 antigen study.

As a host site laboratory, your team benefits from adding a high-caliber scientist at no cost while providing an LLS fellow with an unparalleled laboratory training experience.

LLS fellows are exceptional PhD scientists, trained by the LLS program in core public health competencies, such as leadership, laboratory operations, quality management, biosafety and risk assessment, and communications. LLS fellows add value to any lab team. The supervision and mentorship you provide as a host site supervisor helps prepare fellows to be laboratory leaders with key values in laboratory science, quality, and safety; fosters long-term partnerships; and ultimately shapes the public health workforce.

Click on the following buttons to learn about the application process for host laboratories. The application process is the same for all laboratories, regardless of location (e.g., state or local public health laboratory versus CDC headquarters laboratory). The LLS program provides application coaching and feedback for all applicants. New applicants are encouraged to meet with the LLS program for a virtual coaching session. Be sure to note key dates below.

Key Dates
April – May 2023 Informational webinars
March – May 2023 New applicants participate in virtual coaching session with LLS program
April 8, 2024 Host site application portal opens
June 20, 2024 Host site application portal closes
August 2023 Host sites advancing to match are notified
September – October 2023 Host sites interview selected fellows and review and rank their applications
November 2023 Notice of match status and Class of 2023 fellow assignments
August 2024 LLS fellows in the class of 2024 report to their host site assignments.