How Do I Apply?

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The 2021 application period for PHAP candidates will be open January 20–27, 2021. Please continue to check back for updates.

PHAP candidates must register and apply through

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 Electronic 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.

Dates Information
January Associate application period will be open from January 20–27, 2021, on USAjobs.govexternal icon. 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: January 22, 2020