Frequently Asked Questions

Are fellows paid?

Yes, Fellows are paid. Those who begin their Fellowship program in the Classes of 2018 and beyond are paid the equivalent of a GS 12, Step 3 salary. Fellows may be eligible for a salary increase after one year of appointment, based on performance and written recommendation by appropriate management officials. See the Office of Personnel Management Salary TableExternal for more information. Relocation expenses are not authorized for those who begin their Fellowship program in the Classes of 2018 and beyond.

Are fellows CDC employees?

Yes. PE Fellows are full-time equivalent (FTE) employees during their Fellowship.

Do fellows receive benefits?

Yes. PE Fellows receive the same benefits as other CDC FTE employees (such as medical insurance and vacation).

Are international candidates eligible for the fellowship?

Yes. Work authorization information must accompany applications from non-U.S. citizens. Additional information may be solicited.

Are fellows required to relocate to Atlanta, Georgia?

Yes, though in very rare cases we have accepted Fellows who worked on projects away from Atlanta. Relocation expenses are not authorized for those who begin their Fellowship program in the Classes of 2018 and beyond.

Are fellows required to travel?

Yes. Fellows may be required to

  • Conduct site visits
  • Attend conferences
  • Meet with CDC grantees and collaborators
  • Attend training opportunities
Where are fellows likely to be assigned?

PE Fellows will be assigned to work in various programs throughout CDC. Placement depends on a best fit between the Fellow’s interests and skills and program needs. A sincere effort is made to best to match PE Fellows with assignments that will provide them with the greatest opportunities for professional development.