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Steps to Apply to Public Health Informatics Fellowship Program

See Pay & Leave Salaries & Wages by location. PHIFP base pay is GS 11 Step 3 for Masters degree holders and GS 12 Step 3 for Doctoral degree holders.

PHIFP fellows are full-time equivalent (FTE) employees during their fellowship.

Fellows are paid at the GS 11, Step 3 level for Masters degree holders, and the GS 12, Step 3 level for Doctoral degree holders, and receive the same benefits as other CDC FTE employees (such as medical insurance and vacation). 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 Table for more information. Relocation expenses are not authorized.

Educational Loan Repayment

PHIFP fellows may be eligible to receive up to $50K a year in student loan repayment for a 2-year service agreement, based on availability of funding. To be eligible for this student loan repayment recruitment incentive, candidates must:

  1. Have qualifying student loans that are federally made, insured, or guaranteed. Primary care loans (PCLs) and consolidated loans with a spouse are not eligible. Loan repayments are limited to those participants with a substantial amount of educational loans relative to income, which is defined as educational loans that are more than 20% of the participant’s annual CDC base salary.
  2. Be a U.S. citizen.
  3. Have a degree from an accredited institution.
  4. Be accepted into one of five CDC fellowship programs:
    1. Epidemic Intelligence Service,
    2. Laboratory Leadership Service,
    3. Public Heath Informatics Fellowship,
    4. Prevention Effectiveness Fellowship, or the
    5. Future Leaders in Infections and Global Health Threats Fellowship

Once accepted into the fellowship, PHIFP program staff will communicate the process to apply for loan repayment to those who are eligible. Visit the Educational Loan Repayment Program for Health Professionals page for more information about loan repayment.