Complete Online Application

Getting Help

Upon accessing the PE Fellowship Online Application, please note your options for requesting assistance in the event you have general fellowship questions or technical issues while completing your application. To avoid delay in assistance, please use the instructions below.

  • PE FELLOWSHIP QUESTIONS: For PE Fellowship specific questions, please send an email to PEF@cdc.gov
  • TECHNICAL SUPPORT: To address a system issue, edit a previously submitted application (request reset to draft), withdraw your application, or seek help for other technical issues, please submit a System Help Desk Ticket. Clicking “System Help Desk Ticket” takes you to the CDC Enterprise Fellowship Management System Help Desk Ticket screen.
    • Provide your name, sign-in email, contact phone number (optional), and fellowship for which you are applying.
    • Please indicate the type of issue:
      • System Error Message
      • Sign-In or Password
      • Smart Card Sign-In
      • Data Not Saving
      • Unable to Submit
      • Reset application back to “Draft”
      • Withdraw Fellowship Application
      • Other
    • Copy and paste the URL of the page where you experienced the issue
    • Enter the error code or message you received
    • Describe your issue or need
    • Upload a screenshot of the error issue (optional but very helpful)
    • Submit your request
  • General Application Instructions Read the Application Instructions on the PEF website “How to Apply” tab before beginning the application process. First time applicants must register before logging in. See “Register” below for more information.
  • If copying and pasting information, use only the following characters:
    • Letters in the English alphabet (a-z, A-Z)
    • Numbers 0-9
    • Special characters: – @! # _ * . , ? ’ : ; & ( ) / $ % + = “
  • Complete all sections of the application. Fields marked with an * are required.
  • You may print while viewing the application.
  • Save your entries for each section. Once saved, you can view and/or edit entries.
  • Applications must be submitted on or before the submission deadline to be considered.
  • NOTE: Once submitted, you cannot make changes to your application unless you submit a System Help Desk Ticket and request your application be reset to “Draft”. The link to our Help Desk is provide in the online application for your convenience.
  • To return to a previous screen, scroll to the top of the screen and click “Close”.

Register

  • Click the “Apply Online” button”.
  • First time applicants click “Sign Up” under “Need an Account” to register.
  • Enter your email address. Make sure it is correct.
  • Password – must be at least 8 characters.
  • Click “Sign Up”.

Create a Profile

  • Click “Create a Profile to Get Started”. NOTE: If you applied for the fellowship in a previous year and used the same email address and password to access, click “Add Another” to begin a new application.
  • Enter your full legal name as it would appear on a passport.
  • Optional: Provide other names that appear on your academic.
  • Enter your preferred name.
  • Enter your primary email address. We use this email address for communicating throughout the application process. Make sure it is correct. Do not use a college or university email as primary
  • Secondary email address optional.
  • Primary and secondary telephone numbers are required. Do NOT enter hyphens.
  • Mailing Address is required.
  • Emergency Contact information includes “name”, “relationship”, “telephone”, and “email”.
  • Click “Create Profile”. Your profile is now complete. You can view or edit your profile.

Get Started

Click “Get Started” to complete the remaining sections of your online application. Take advantage of this opportunity to emphasize your skills to the PE Fellowship, Review Panels and Hosting Programs. Application sections include the following in each:

  • “Action Required” – Click “Open” to work in this section.
  • “Complete” – Click “View” or “Edit” to work in this section.
  • “Save Draft” – Click to save your information, but remain in that section to allow continued entry. This is helpful in sections that require entry of large amounts of information like your Personal Statement.
  • “Mark Complete” – Click to save your entries and return to the main screen. That section is marked “Complete” and you can move to the next section.
  • If you cannot finish entering your application, click “Log Out”. All sections flagged “Complete” will be saved.

PART 1 – Eligibility and Information (Applicant Survey)

Citizenship Status

  • Click “Open”.
  • Select your country of citizenship.
  • “Mark Complete”.

Self-Assessment of Skills

  • Click “Open”.
  • Computer Software – Indicate the software you have experience with and your level of expertise.
  • Economic and Public Health Data – List the data sets you have experience with and indicate your level of expertise.
  • Click “Mark Complete”.

Submit Part 1

  • NOTE: Once submitted, you cannot make changes to your application unless you submit a System Help Desk Ticket and request your application be reset to “Draft”.
  • The “Submit” button activates once all sections are complete.
  • Click “Submit” when ready but before the deadline date.

PART 2 – Fellowship Application

College Education and Licenses

  • Click “Open” and then “Add New Item”.
  • Enter all graduate degrees, in progress or completed.
  • Provide “University Name”, “Country”, “Status”, “State”, Degree Status, Major, Major, Minor, ” etc.
  • Did you complete a thesis or dissertation? Answer “Yes” if required. Answer “No” if not required. If “Yes”, provide the title and abstract (100-word limit) even if the thesis or dissertation is not complete at this time. You may copy paste if desire.
  • Transcript upload:
    • Only pdf format is accepted for upload.
    • Click “Select a File” and browse to find your transcript.
    • Click “Open” to upload to your application account.
    • You must upload your transcript in order to save the educational information.
  • Enter dates attended, conferral date, and defense date.
  • Click “Mark Complete”.
  • Click “Add New Item” to enter remaining graduate universities.
  • Click “Close” to return to the previous screen and proceed to the next section of the application.

Work and Volunteer Experience

  • • Click “Open” and then “Add New Item”.
    • Select “Work Experience” or “Volunteer Experience”.
    • Information required will vary based on the category selected.
    • Contact of supervisor is with your permission.
    • Click “Mark Complete”.
    • Click “Add New Item” to enter remaining experiences.
    • Click “Close” to return to the previous screen and proceed to the next section of the application.

Additional Training and Skills

  • Click “Open” and then “Add New Item”.
  • Select appropriate category to add: “Clinical”, “U.S. Board Certification”, “Additional Training/Certification/Professional Development”, “Language Skills”, “None of the Above”.
  • Information required will vary based on the category selected.
  • List postgraduate training not listed in the College Education section. Include “fellowships”, “internships”, and “externships”.
  • Click “Mark Complete”.
  • Click “Add New Item” to enter remaining trainings and skills experience.
  • Click “Close” to return to the previous screen and proceed to the next section of the application.

Publications, Presentations, Grants, Working Papers, Awards and Honors

  • Click “Open” and then “Add New Item”.
  • Select appropriate category to add: “Publications”, “Presentations”, “Grants”, “Honor or Award”, “Monographs or Reports”, “Research Grants”, “Working Papers”, or “None of the Above”.
  • Information required will vary based on the category selected.
  • Click Mark Complete” when complete.
  • Click “Add New Item” to enter remaining experiences.
  • Click “Close” to return to the previous screen and proceed to the next section of the application.

Personal Statement

  • Click “Open”.
  • Answer the following:
    • What influenced you to consider a career in public health service?
    • Describe how this fellowship/program will help you achieve your goals.
    • Describe your greatest professional challenge so far and how you overcame it.
    • Describe your use of analytic methods. What methods would you like to learn more about?
    • Why are you interested in this fellowship/program?
    • What makes you a good candidate for this fellowship/program?
    • Why do you want to join the CDC?
    • How do you anticipate using the concepts and skills learned in this fellowship/program? Be as specific as possible.
    • Describe your experience related to data management and analysis, including the use of statistical software packages such as Excel, SAS, STATA, R, or Epi Info. Please provide specific examples.
  • Location Preferences – Do you have geographic constraints?
  • Click “Mark Complete.”

Letters of Recommendation

  • Suggestions for Submission of Recommenders:
    • Select three individuals familiar with your academic or professional activities who can comment on the traits and accomplishments that distinguish you as a good candidate for this fellowship.
    • Letters are generated using our standardized online form.
    • You may track receipt of your letters of recommendation in the Letters of Recommendation section.
  • Click “Open” and “Add New Request”.
  • You may submit up to five but no less than three recommenders.
  • To be considered for the PE Fellowship, a minimum of three recommenders must complete the standardized online form.
  • Only one recommender can be a CDC employee.
  • Enter each recommender’s “name”, “organization”, “title”, “phone”, “email”, and “relationship to you”.
  • Note to Recommender field– Please use this field to provide additional instructions to your recommenders. Provide your contact information in the event they have questions. Explain why you are applying for the PE Fellowship. Emphasize the deadline for their letter of recommendation, and let them know it is imperative that they complete their online letter of recommendation form by the deadline (See Key Dates tab on our website).
  • Click Send.
  • Click “Close” to return to the previous screen.

The recommender must complete the online form before the application deadline. You can view the status of your letters of recommendation in your application profile. You can also click “Remind”.

Applicant Survey

  • Click “Open”.
  • How did you hear about the PE Fellowship? – select all that apply. More questions display based on your selections.
  • What other opportunities (e.g. jobs, fellowships, etc.) are you considering?
  • Have you participated in any CDC fellowship programs?
  • Demographics (Race/Ethnicity) – Your response is voluntary.
  • Click “Mark Complete”.
  • Edit and save changes if necessary before submitting.

Edit Your Application

Before submitting Part 2, it is important to make sure your application is correct and complete. Access your account and make any necessary edits. Once submitted, you cannot edit unless you submit a System Help Desk Ticket and request your account be reset to “Draft”.

  • Log into your application account.
  • Select the section of the application requiring edits by clicking “Open” or “Edit”.
  • Make edits and click “Save”.
  • To return to the previous screen, click “Close” at the top of the page.
  • To return to the main menu, click “PE Fellowship Application Portal”.

Submit Part 2 of 2 –

  • NOTE: Once submitted, you cannot make changes to your application unless you submit a System Help Desk Ticket and request your application be reset to “Draft”.
  • The “Submit” button activates once all sections are complete.
  • Click “Submit” when ready but before deadline date.
  • Click “PE Fellowship Application Portal” to return to the main screen.
  • Your application is now under review.
  • You will receive an email from PEF thanking you for your application. If you do not receive, check your application to make sure your email is correct. Also, check your spam folder.

Track Application

It is your responsibility to track the receipt of your Letters of Recommendation. It is always a good practice to ask your recommenders if they have received a request for a Letter of Recommendation from the Prevention Effectiveness Fellowship.

  • Login to your account.
  • Click “Completed Process”.
  • Go to Letters of Recommendation and click “Open”.
  • If recommenders have completed their letter forms, you will see under Recommendation Status, “Recommendation Request Sent”. The date the letter was uploaded is in the next column “Recommendation Status Date”.