CDC HRB Health Equity 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
6/2/2023 3:00:00 PM Eastern Time Zone

*Applications will be reviewed on a rolling-basis.

CDC Office and Location: A fellowship opportunity is available with the Health Equity and Social Determinants of Health Research Team in the HIV Research Branch (HRB), Division of HIV Prevention (DHP), within the National Center for HIV, Viral Hepatitis, STD and TB Prevention (NCHHSTP) at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta, Georgia. Successful applicants will be required to re-locate to Atlanta for the fellowship appointment.

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: The purpose of this fellowship program is to mentor/train a master-level scientist who will contribute to research and evaluations meant to fill in gaps in health equity and social determinants of health affecting Hispanic and Latino sexual, and gender minority populations in the context of HIV Prevention. 

The Fellow will focus on a main demonstration project with the opportunity to join other activities. Projects, activities, and working groups will be prioritized based on program needs and fellow's expertise/training and area(s) of interest.  The Fellow will be part of multidisciplinary groups with the opportunity to interact and collaborate with health scientists, behavioral scientists, epidemiologists, public health advisors, and funded recipients (e.g., health departments, community organizations, academic institutions). 

Learning ObjectivesThe activities listed below represent the minimum training opportunities that the fellow will complete. 

  1. Join biweekly/monthly meetings pertaining to the main demonstration project to contribute to discussions, project implementation (e.g., output monitoring, literature review, dissemination and translation products).
  2. Participate in at least one site visit related to the main demonstration project.
  3. Design, conduct, and interpret qualitative and/or quantitative analysis on public health data. 
  4. Contribute to a scientific manuscript for a peer-reviewed journal.
  5. Give an oral presentation at a team seminar, branch meeting, or scientific meeting.
  6. Attend scientific meetings on HIV prevention and emerging public health issues.

Mentor(s)The mentor for this opportunity is Yamir Salabarria-Pena ( If you have questions about the nature of the research please contact the mentor(s).

Anticipated Appointment Start Date: July 5, 2023.  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 and Lawful Permanent Residents (LPRs).

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 (e.g., MPH, MSPH, MPHE, MSc, MS, MSci., Sc.M, SW) in the fields of public health, behavioral and health education/promotion, public health policy, social work, and evaluation science or be currently pursuing the degree and will reach completion by May 31, 2023. The degree must have been received within five years of the appointment start date.

Preferred Skills:

  • Qualitative analysis with/without analysis software
  • Quantitative analysis using Excel and statistical programs (e.g., SPSS)
  • Knowledge of/experience with mixed methods analysis (triangulation of qualitative and quantitative data)
  • Scientific writing
  • Knowledge of/experience with HIV prevention
  • Knowledge of/experience with data visualization
  • Experience with HIV prevention among Hispanic/Latino sexual and gender minority populations in the United States is desired, but not required
Eligibility Requirements
  • Citizenship: LPR or U.S. Citizen
  • Degree: Master's Degree received within the last 60 months or anticipated to be received by 5/31/2023 11:59:00 PM.
  • Discipline(s):
    • Life Health and Medical Sciences (1 )
    • Social and Behavioral Sciences (5 )

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.)