CDC STD Partnerships, Policy, and Planning Fellowship

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
  • 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
11/7/2022 3:00:00 PM Eastern Time Zone

*Applications will be reviewed on a rolling-basis.

CDC Office and Location: A fellowship opportunity is available in the Office of Communications Policy, Planning, and Partnerships (OCPPP) within the Division of STD Prevention (DSTDP), of the National Center for HIV, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention (NCHHSTP) at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) located in Atlanta, Georgia. This Fellowship will be 100% virtual.  

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (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: This fellow will be trained on the key roles in supporting the Partnerships, Policy, and Planning unit in the development and maintenance of initiatives to advance the mission of DSTDP. 

The primary purpose of this fellowship is to learn about public health partnerships, policy, planning, and evaluation. The fellow will primarily learn how DSTDP’s policy-driven projects are identified and implemented through strong external partnerships. The fellow will gain insight into how DSTDP collaborates with key partners to create tools, implement, evaluate, and disseminate promising policies, models, and best practices to help strengthen health department infrastructure and systems. The fellow will gain valuable insight on partnership engagement, expanding collaborations (both public and private), and fostering a culture of cooperation as they relate to the organization and STI prevention and control across the U.S. The person in this role will learn how to design projects and collaborate with partners to advance DSTDP’s strategic priorities through identifying, implementing, monitoring, analyzing, and evaluating complex and highly visible actions, policies, and models related to STI prevention and advancing sexual health. 

Learning ObjectivesSpecific activities include:

  • Learn how to collaborate with partners to identify, implement, monitor, analyze, and evaluate complex and highly visible actions, policies, and models related to STI prevention and advancing sexual health;
  • Learn how to design, implement, and assess demonstration projects across local health departments and EHE jurisdictions;
  • Learn how to develop strategic partnerships with the public and private sector, including social social justice and health equity-oriented organizations, to expand innovation in STI service delivery, care, and extend reach of our products and messages;
  • Learn how to develop, promote, and disseminate tool, materials, and resources for decision makers;
  • Learn how to develop scientific programmatic abstracts and create a variety of organization-wide reports and materials for internal and external use; and
  • Learn how to assess issues of importance to the mission and activities of the program. 

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

Anticipated Appointment Start Date: December 31, 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), or be currently pursuing the degree with completion before December 31, 2022. Most recent degree must have been received within five years of the appointment start date.

Preferred skills include:

  • Experience in public health policy, analytics and assessment, and program planning and project management.
  • Experience in identifying, developing, maintaining, and evaluating STI/HIV or other infectious disease-related public health partnerships 
  • Strong interest in STI/HIV, sexual health, and/or social justice
Eligibility Requirements
  • Citizenship: U.S. Citizen Only
  • Degree: Master's Degree received within the last 60 months or anticipated to be received by 12/31/2022 11:59:00 PM.
  • Discipline(s):
    • Chemistry and Materials Sciences (1 )
    • Communications and Graphics Design (6 )
    • Life Health and Medical Sciences (6 )
    • Social and Behavioral Sciences (11 )

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.)