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 “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 “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”. 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 records as well as your preferred name.
  • Primary Telephone Number is required. Do NOT enter hyphens.
  • Work and alternate phone number are 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:

  • “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.
  • “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.
  • If you cannot finish entering your application, click “Log Out”. All sections flagged “Complete” will be saved.

PART 1 – Applicant Information

Country of Citizenship
  • Click “Edit” and answer the following questions.
  • Select your country of citizenship. It is imperative that you select correctly.
  • Select primary spoken language.
  • Are you a U.S. Permanent resident? (Displays if you are non-US citizen. It is imperative that you select correctly.)
  • Do you currently live in the U.S.? (Displays if you are not a U.S. permanent resident)
  • Warning: If Non-U.S. Citizen and not a U.S. permanent resident, you must be eligible for J-1, H1B, OPT-STEM or NAFTA Professional (TN) status prior to the program’s start date
  • “Save” when complete.
College Education
  • Click “Open”.
  • Click “Add New Item”.
  • Enter all graduate degrees, in progress or completed.
  • Provide “Country”, “University Name”, “Status”, “Dates Attended”, Degree, Major, Major Classification, Minor, Grade Point Average, and “Academic Honors” if applicable.
  • Did you complete a thesis/dissertation/equivalent? If “Yes”, provide the title and abstract (100-word limit). You may copy paste if desire. If “No” the Title & Abstract field will not display.
  • 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.
  • Click “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 “Open” 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”.
  • Information required will vary based on the category selected.
  • List postgraduate training not listed in the College Education section. Include “fellowships”, “internships”, and “externships”.
  • 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 “Open” 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 “Open” 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 “Open”.
  • Suggestions:
    • Write your personal statement and then copy paste into your application.
    • Save Draft often as you author your statement.
  • 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.
Letters of Recommendation
  • Suggestions for Submission of Recommenders:
    • Select 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.
    • You may track receipt of your letters of recommendation in the Letters of Recommendation section below.
  • Click “Open” and “Add New Item”.
  • You must submit up to five but no less than three recommenders.
  • To be considered for the PE Fellowship, a minimum of three recommenders must upload a letter of recommendation to your application account.
  • Two recommenders must be non-CDC employees.
  • 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. You can view the status of your letters of recommendation in your application profile.

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.
Edit Your Application

Before submitting, 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 “your name” at the top of the page.
  • To return to the main menu, click “PE Fellowship Application Portal”.

Submit Part 1 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 Part 1 of 2” when ready but before the deadline date.
  • 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 “Open”.
  • 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 “Open”.
  • 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 Data – List the data sets you have experience with and indicate your level of expertise as basic, intermediate, or advanced (Word limit: 250).
  • Click “Save”.
Edit Your Application

Before submitting, 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 “your name” 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 Part 2 of 2” 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 “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”.