Frequently Asked Questions

Are fellows paid?

Yes, fellows 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 icon for more information. Relocation expenses are not authorized.

PE fellows may be eligible to receive student loan repayment starting with the class that begins in 2023, based on availability of funding, for a 2-year service agreement. Only federally made, insured, or guaranteed student loans are eligible for repayment consideration. Consolidated loans of both a PE fellow and spouse would not be eligible. Please visit CDC’s Fellowships and Training Opportunities Educational Loan Repayment Program for Health Professionals web page to find more information.

Are fellows CDC employees?

Yes. Both the PE Fellows and Modeling Track fellows are full-time equivalent (FTE) employees during their fellowship.

Do fellows receive benefits?

Yes. 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?

Normally fellows are required to relocate to Atlanta or the city of their duty station for the fellowship but currently fellows are allowed to work remotely while the CDC is on 100% telework due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

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?

Most fellows are 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 fellows with assignments that will provide them with the greatest opportunities for professional development.