How Do I Apply?

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The 2021 application period for PHAP candidates is now closed.
The 2022 application cycle will open in early 2022.

PHAP candidates must register and apply through

Note: to submit your application, we recommend you create a USA Jobs profile early, and have the following documents available:

  • Resume
  • Proof of US citizenship or legal permanent residency (i.e., birth certificate, US passport, permanent resident card or naturalization document)
  • Academic transcript showing at least a 3.0 grade point average (on a 4.0 scale) from most recent degree completed within the last two years (6 years if a veteran)
  • School Verification Enrollment Form pdf icon[PDF-142KB], if a current student
  • Veterans’ preference document, if applicable

Due to the large volume of applications, CDC is unable to respond to status inquiries.

After all submissions have been reviewed, a select number of candidates will be contacted by email and asked to provide additional information through the Enterprise Fellowship Management System (eFMS). Please refer to the timeline below for a detailed description of the application process.

2021 Timeline
Please note: the dates below provide an example timeline and are subject to change.

2021 Timeline
Dates Information
January Associate application period will be open from January 20–29, 2021, on Candidates have seven days to complete and submit their initial applications (have a current resume and transcripts ready).
April Qualified candidates are asked to provide a personal statement and additional information. Please check your spam or junk email for an invitation from with instructions.
May CDC schedules interviews with qualified candidates—either via video conference or teleconference.
Mid-June to Late-August CDC makes offers to selected candidates. Offers include notification of assigned geographic placement and agency name. Associates are placed in the geographic and program areas that CDC determines to have the greatest need. Host site locations are non-negotiable.
Early October Associates begin their host site assignments.
November Associates attend PHAP orientation at CDC Headquarters in Atlanta, Georgia.
Page last reviewed: July 28, 2021