Complete Online Application

General Application Instructions

Read the Application Instructions on the “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 edit entries.
  • Applications must be submitted on or before the submission deadline to be considered.
  • After submitting, you can edit your application by clicking “Edit” at the bottom of the screen, which un-submits and allows you to make changes. Be sure to re-submit once edits are complete.
  • To return to a previous screen, scroll to the top of the screen and click “your name”.

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”.
  • Enter your full legal name as it would appear on a passport. You can also provide any other names that appear on your academic records as well as your preferred name.
  • Primary Telephone Number is required with work and alternate number as optional. Do NOT enter hyphens.
  • Mailing Address is required
  • Email – We use this email address for communicating throughout the application process. Make sure it is the appropriate email address.
  • Emergency Contact information includes “name”, “relationship”, “telephone”, and “email”.
  • Click “Save”. 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:

  • “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.
  • “Save” – Click to save your entries and return to the main screen. That section is marked “Complete” and you can move to the next section.
  • “Edit Icon” – Click to access completed sections and make changes.
  • If you cannot finish entering your application, click “Log Out”. All sections flagged “Complete” will be saved.

PART 1 – Applicant Information

Country of Citizenship
  • When first starting your application, this section displays as “In Progress”.  Click “Edit”.
  • Select your country of citizenship and primary spoken language. “Save” when complete.
Education
  • Click “Start Now” and then “Add New Item”.
  • Enter all graduate degrees in progress or completed.
  • Provide “Country”, “University Name”, “Status”, “Dates Attended”, and “Academic Honors” if applicable.
  • Transcript upload:
    • Make sure your transcript is in pdf format.
    • Click “Select a File” to find your transcript and upload to your application account.
    • You must upload your transcript in order to save the educational information.
  • If you provided a Dissertation or Thesis, answer “Yes” and provide your Dissertation/Thesis title and abstract (100 word limit). You may copy paste if desire. If “No” the Dissertation/Thesis field will not display.
  • “Save” when complete.
  • Click “Add New Item” to enter remaining graduate universities.
  • Click “your name” to return to the previous screen and proceed to the next section of the application.
Training and Skills Experience
  • Click “Start Now” and then “Add New Item”.
  • Select appropriate category to add: “Clinical”, “U.S. Board Certification”, “Additional Training/Certification”, “Additional Language”, or “None of the Above”.
  • List postgraduate training not listed in the College Education section. Include “fellowships”, “internships”, and “externships”.
  • Information required will vary based on the category selected.
  • Save when complete.
  • Click “Add New Item” to enter remaining trainings and skills experience.
  • Click “your name” to return to the previous screen and proceed to the next section of the application.
Work and Volunteer Experience
  • Click “Start Now” and then “Add New Item”.
  • Select appropriate category to add: “Work Experience” or “Community/Volunteer Service”.
  • Information required will vary based on the category selected.
  • Contact of supervisor is with your permission.
  • “Save” when complete.
  • Click “Add New Item” to enter remaining experiences.
  • Click “your name” to return to the previous screen and proceed to the next section of the application.
Research Experience Working Papers, Publications, Presentations, Research Grants, Awards and Honors
  • Click “Start Now” and then “Add New Item”.
  • Select appropriate category to add: “Research Experience”, “Working Papers”, “Publications”, “Presentations”, “Research Grants”, “Honor or Award”, or “None of the Above”.
  • Information required will vary based on the category selected.
  • “Save” when complete.
  • Click “Add New Item” to enter remaining experiences.
  • Click “your name” to return to the previous screen and proceed to the next section of the application.
Personal Statement
  • Click “Start Now”.
  • Personal statements are clear, concise, enthusiastic, and augment (not restate) information already provided in the application. Limit personal statements to 1,000 words.
  • Please include all of the following:
    • Why you are interested in the Prevention Effectiveness Fellowship.
    • Your career plans after graduating from the Prevention Effectiveness Fellowship.
    • How the Prevention Effectiveness Fellowship will help you fulfill these plans.
    • How previous training and experience has prepared you for the Prevention Effectiveness Fellowship.
    • Why you want to work at the CDC.
  • “Save” when complete.
  • Click “your name” to return to the previous screen and proceed to the next section of the application.
  • Suggestions:
    • Write your personal statement and then copy paste into your application.
    • Save Draft often as you author your statement.
Letters of Recommendation
  • Click “Start Now” and “Add New Item”.
  • A minimum of three letters are required, however you may submit a maximum of five letters if desire.
  • Two letters must be from a non-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 upload their letter by this deadline (See Key Dates tab on our website).
  • Click “your name” to return to the previous screen.

The PE Fellowship emails recommenders instructions for writing their Letter of Recommendation as well as steps to upload their letter to your online application account.  The recommender must upload their letter before the application deadline.
Track receipt of your letters in the Letters of Recommendation section of your online application account.

Recommendation Status:
  • “Recommendation Request Sent” displays once a recommender is identified by you and PEF emails them instructions for submitting a letter of recommendation on your behalf.
  • “Recommendation Request Received” displays once the recommender uploads their letter of recommendation to your online application.
Recommendation Status Date
  • First displays the date PEF emailed the recommender instructions for the letter of recommendation
  • Next displays the date the recommender uploaded their letter of recommendation to your online application account.
  • Status displays “Complete” once you add your recommender information

It is your responsibility to monitor receipt of letters and contact recommenders who have not uploaded their letters before the application deadline. Please refer to the “Key Dates” tab on our website.

Submit Part 1 of 2

  • The “Submit” button activates once all sections are complete.
  • Click “Submit Part 1 of 2” when ready.
  • Once submitted, make changes by clicking “Edit” at the bottom of the screen next to the “Submit “button. This un-submits your application. Be sure to resubmit this section and any sections that follow prior to the application deadline.
  • Click “PE Fellowship Application Portal” to return to the main screen.

PART 2 – Applicant Survey and Skills Self-Assessment

  • Click “Applicant Survey and Skills Self-Assessment” to begin Part 2.
Applicant Survey
  • Click “Start Now”.
  • Previous PEF applications? If yes, provide applicable years.
  • Methods Heard About Fellowship – select all that apply.
  • Influential Methods – select the two methods that influenced you most.
  • Location Preferences – “CDC Headquarters”, “State Assignments”, or “Both”.
  • Geographic Constraints?
  • Click “Save”.
Skills Self-Assessment
  • Click “Start Now”.
  • Computer Software – List the software you have experience with and indicate your level of expertise as basic, intermediate, or advanced (Word limit: 250).
  • Economic and Public Health DataList the data sets you have experience with and indicate your level of expertise as basic, intermediate, or advanced (Word limit: 250).
  • Click “Save”.

Submit Part 2 of 2 –

  • The “Submit” button activates once all sections are complete.
  •  Click “Submit Part 2 of 2” when ready.
  • Once submitted, make changes by clicking “Edit” next to the “Submit” button. This un-submits your application. Be sure to resubmit this section and any other sections that follow prior to the application deadline.
  • Click “PE Fellowship Application Portal” to return to the main screen.
  • Your application is now under review.
Edit Your Application
  • Log into your application account.
  • If you submitted your application, go to the bottom of the screen and click “Edit”, which un-submits and allows you to edit.
  • Select the section of the application requiring edits by clicking the arrow button to the right of the section.
  • Make edits and click “Save”.
  • To return to the previous screen, click “your name” in the path at the top of the page.
  • To return to the main menu, click “PE Fellowship Application Portal”.
  • Be sure to re-submit once edits are complete.
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 “Letters of Recommendation”.
  • If recommenders have uploaded their letters, you will see under Recommendation Status, “Recommendation Request Sent”. The date the letter was uploaded is in the next column “Recommendation Status Date”.