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Standardized Letters of Recommendation (SLOR)

  • Three letters of recommendation are required from persons familiar with your academic achievements, aspirations, personal qualities, and professional attributes.
    • At least, two letters of recommendation must be from persons who are not currently employed at the CDC.
  • Persons writing letters should typically be current or former supervisors or professors. Avoid requesting letters from colleagues or friends.
  • Recommendations must be specific to the PHIFP Application, written in English as well as signed and dated within six months of the data submitted.
  • Please inform all recommenders to expect a system-generated email from the PHIFP Fellowship Program (PHIFP@cdc.gov) with instructions for submitting the SLOR’s.
  • All SLORs are required to be submitted no later than December 1, 2021.

Information for Recommendation Writers

To submit the letter of recommendation:

  • To complete the SLOR, click on the link provided in the system-generated email, from PHIFP, to access the online SLOR.
  • Recommendation letters must be specific to the PHIFP application, written in English, and completed using PHIFP’s online fellowship application portal. Additionally, SLORs should be signed and dated within six months of the application submission deadline.
  • You will receive an additional system-generated email from PHIFP@cdc.gov indicating that the upload was successful. If an email is not received, please contact PHIFP@cdc.gov to confirm your submission.

Transcripts

Your application requires copies of unofficial transcripts for all earned degrees or qualifying degrees in progress.

  • All applicants with degrees obtained at a non-U.S. institutions must also provide documentation of an academic credentialing evaluation to ensure degree requirements are equivalent.
    • For this requirement, an applicant must provide an academic credentialing evaluation for any degree from a non-US academic Institution before the December 1st deadline. This requirement applies to all Doctoral, Master’s, and Bachelor’s level degrees.
    • For more information about the academic credentialing evaluation process and to submit your degrees for evaluation please visit The National Association of Credential Evaluation Servicesexternal icon.
    • All academic credentialing evaluations documents or unofficial transcripts are required to be submitted no later than December 1, 2021.
  • Transcripts must state your degree of study, courses taken, earned grades, and graduation date if the degree has been conferred.
  • Transcripts and other proof of degree completion will not be returned to you.
  • For more information about submitting unofficial transcripts or foreign degree evaluation credentials, please see the PHIFP application checklist pdf icon[210 KB, 2 Pages, 508].

Official Transcripts

If you are accepted into the program, CDC must receive your official transcript by June 30th of the fellowship year. Send official transcripts by mail to:

Public Health Informatics Fellowship Program
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
1600 Clifton Rd., NE
Mailstop V24-5
Atlanta, GA 30329-4018

  • If your degree requires a completed thesis or dissertation, you must have defended your thesis or dissertation on or before May 31st of the year you enter PHIFP, and you will need to submit your transcripts with conferred degree as soon as they become available.