Prepare Application Information

Letters of Recommendation

  • 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, placed on official letterhead, signed and dated within six months prior to date submitted.
  • Tell the recommenders to expect a system-generated email from

Information for Recommendation Writers

To submit the letter of recommendation:

  • Letter should be written in English and placed on official letterhead, signed and dated within six months of application submission.
  • Scan and save the letter as a PDF file.
  • Once you have received the system-generated email, click on the link provided to upload the PDF version of the letter.
  • You will receive an additional system-generated email from indicating that the upload was successful.


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

  • You will be prompted in the online application form for your college/university education, which will enable you to browse and attach a PDF version of your unofficial transcripts.
  • Transcripts must state your degree of study, courses taken, earned grades, and graduation date if the degree has been conferred.
  • When a transcript is issued by a non-U.S. institution:
    • A foreign credential evaluation is required for all qualifying degrees in addition to the transcript.
    • All documents must be in English.
  • Transcripts and other proof of degree completion will not be returned to you.
  • Do not send high school transcripts.

Official Transcripts

If you are accepted into the program, CDC must receive your official transcript by March 31 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 December 31st of the year you apply to PHIFP, and you will need to submit your transcripts with conferred degree as soon as they become available.