CDC Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) 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
  • 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.

If you have questions, send an email to Please include the reference code for this opportunity in your email.

Application Deadline
4/5/2021 3:00:00 PM Eastern Time Zone

*Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. 

An opportunity is available with the Division of Violence Prevention (DVP), within the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control (NCIPC), Field Epidemiology and Prevention Branch at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) located in Atlanta, Georgia.

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.

Adverse childhood experiences (ACEs), such as child abuse and exposure to home and community violence, are common and increase the risk for almost all health and social difficulties, such as substance abuse, depression, cancer, and diabetes. Preventing ACEs is a priority for the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control/Division of Violence Prevention (DVP). DVP leads surveillance, research, and programmatic activities to prevent ACEs, child abuse and neglect, sexual violence, intimate partner violence, and other forms of violence. Since 2007, CDC has partnered with 24 countries to implement a nationally representative Violence Against Children and Youth Surveys (VACS) to assess the prevalence, risk and protective factors, and burden of violence against children and youth including HIV, sexual-risk taking behaviors, and mental health and to provide data to launch violence prevention programs and child protection systems. VACS data yield valuable information on the prevalence of ACEs and their health impacts globally in low- and middle-income countries. These data inform evidence-driven strategies to prevent violence.

Under the guidance of a mentor, the participant will be trained in the following activities:

  • Contribute to designing and implementation of the D-VACS Data to Action Workshop
  • Assisting Baltimore in the development of a city-wide, coordinated Violence Against Children Action Plan
  • Development of 3 or more manuscripts for peer review publications on ACEs prevalence, risk factors, and health outcomes from Low- and Middle-Income Countries
  • Adapted tools and capacity-building materials for Domestic VACS pilot project to yield a “user’s guide” for a future full-scale VACS in the US

Anticipated Appointment Start Date: Spring 2021

This program, administered by ORAU through its contract with the U.S. Department of Energy to manage the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education, was established through an interagency agreement between DOE and CDC. The initial appointment can be up to one year, but may be renewed upon recommendation of CDC contingent on the availability of funds. The participant will receive a monthly stipend commensurate with educational level and experience. Proof of health insurance is required for participation in this program. The appointment is full-time at CDC in the Atlanta, Georgia, area. Participants do not become employees of CDC, DOE or the program administrator, and there are no employment-related benefits.


The qualified candidate should have received a doctoral degree in one of the relevant fields. Degree must have been received within five years of the appointment start date.

Candidates who are currently pursuing a doctoral degree, please apply at CDC-NCIPC-2021-0068-A

Preferred skills:

  • Competent in complex survey analysis
  • Background in public health concepts particularly as they apply to translating data to policy and programs
  • Conducting trainings related to public health
  • Competencies to develop high quality public health materials and deliver presentations
  • Published as first author in a peer reviewed journal
  • Experience with violence prevention and/or Adverse Childhood Experiences
Eligibility Requirements
  • Degree: Doctoral Degree received within the last 60 month(s).
  • Discipline(s):
    • Life Health and Medical Sciences (2 )
    • Social and Behavioral Sciences (9 )