CDC Fellowship with the Strategic Capacity Building and Innovation Program (SCIP)

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
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How to Apply

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A complete application consists of:

  • An application
  • Transcripts – Click here for detailed information about acceptable transcripts
  • A current resume/CV, including academic history, employment history, relevant experiences, and publication list
  • One educational or professional recommendation. Your application will be considered incomplete, and will not be reviewed until one recommendation is submitted.

All documents must be in English or include an official English translation.

Application Deadline
8/22/2022 3:00:00 PM Eastern Time Zone

*Applications will be reviewed on a rolling-basis.

CDC Office and Location: There is a fellowship opportunity available in the Office of the Director (OD), Center for Preparedness and Response (CPR), Office of Science and Public Health Practice (OSPHP) at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta, Georgia. 

The CDC is one of the major operation components of the Department of Health and Human Services. CDC works to protect America from health, safety and security threats, both foreign and in the U.S. Whether diseases start at home or abroad, are chronic or acute, curable or preventable, human error or deliberate attack, CDC fights disease and supports communities and citizens to do the same.

Research Project: To adequately address the needs of CPR to accomplish its priorities, and under guidance from CDC staff, the ORISE Fellow will participate in and assist in development and coordination of programmatic activities funded with the CPR congressionally allocated budget while training to use a variety of systems, programmatic and financial. The ORISE Fellow will collaborate with staff in OSPHP and subject matter experts across CDC to plan and execute methods for collecting and analyzing information intended to strengthen public health preparedness and response science. 

Research activities may be as follows:

  1. Assisting with developing a standardized, transparent, data-driven and efficient process to support CDC leadership pre-incident decisions regarding the most appropriate deployment and guidance of multiple medical countermeasures.
  2. Support CPR staff in identification and strategic evaluation of ongoing CDC efforts to improve the national capacity to effectively use medical countermeasures in a public health emergency in order to enhance efficiency and enable alignment with CDC leadership priorities.

For the projects listed above, the ORISE Fellow will be responsible for the following activities:

  1. Coordinate and conduct interviews with subject matter experts
  2. Document the results and findings
  3. Review and analyze collected data
  4. Share findings with the CPR staff, CDC subject matter experts, and partners across the federal government

Learning Objectives: This appointment will train the incumbent in developing professional relationships and collaborations internal and external to the agency. The incumbent will be trained to develop project level and aggregate-level operational and executive reports of CPR funded projects. The ORISE Fellow will be asked to engage both scientific and programmatic staff at CDC, partners across the federal government, and public health officials and preparedness partners. 

Mentor(s)The mentor for this opportunity is Jana Austin ( If you have questions about the nature of the research please contact the mentor(s).

Anticipated Appointment Start Date: September 1, 2022.  Start date is flexible and will depend on a variety of factors.

Appointment LengthThe appointment will initially be for one year, but may be renewed upon recommendation of CDC and is contingent on the availability of funds.

Level of ParticipationThe appointment is full-time.

Participant StipendThe participant will receive a monthly stipend commensurate with educational level and experience.

Citizenship RequirementsThis opportunity is available to U.S. citizens only.

ORISE InformationThis program, administered by ORAU through its contract with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to manage the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE), was established through an interagency agreement between DOE and CDC. Participants do not become employees of CDC, DOE or the program administrator, and there are no employment-related benefits. Proof of health insurance is required for participation in this program. Health insurance can be obtained through ORISE.

The successful applicant(s) will be required to comply with Environmental, Safety and Health (ES&H) requirements of the hosting facility, including but not limited to, COVID-19 requirements (e.g. facial covering, physical distancing, testing, vaccination).

Questions: Please visit our Program Website. After reading, if you have additional questions about the application process please email and include the reference code for this opportunity.


The qualified candidate should have received a master's degree in one of the relevant fields (e.g. Public Health, Epidemiology). Degree must have been received within five years of the appointment start date.

Preferred Skills:

  • Prior experience in conducting epidemiologic research or public health research and/or experience in public health preparedness and response 
  • Professional with experience in public health, emergency preparedness and/or clinical experience (MPH or similar degree preferred).
Eligibility Requirements
  • Citizenship: U.S. Citizen Only
  • Degree: Master's Degree received within the last 60 month(s).
  • Discipline(s):
    • Business (2 )
    • Communications and Graphics Design (3 )
    • Computer, Information, and Data Sciences (3 )
    • Life Health and Medical Sciences (6 )
    • Other Non-Science & Engineering (1 )
    • Social and Behavioral Sciences (1 )

I certify that I have not previously been employed by CDC or by a contractor working directly for CDC.  I understand that CDC does not permit individuals with a prior employment relationship with CDC or its contractors to participate as trainees in the ORISE program. (Exceptions may be granted for individuals who, since the previous CDC employment, have obtained a new STEM degree which necessitates training in a new field.)