Laboratory Fellowships

Lab scientist in BSL-3 suite
Laboratory Fellowship Program

Preparing scientists for careers in public health laboratories


The Emerging Infectious Diseases (EID) Laboratory Fellowship Program, sponsored by APHL and CDC, trains and prepares scientists for careers in public health laboratories and supports public health initiatives related to infectious disease research.

The EID Advanced Laboratory Training Fellowship is a one-year program designed for bachelor’s or master’s level scientists, with emphasis on the practical application of technologies, methodologies and practices related to emerging infectious diseases. The EID Laboratory Research Fellowship is a two-year program designed for doctoral level (PhD, MD or DVM) scientists to conduct high-priority research in infectious diseases.

Areas of Training and Research

Areas of training and/or research include: development and evaluation of diagnostic techniques, antimicrobial sensitivity and resistance, principles and practices of vector or animal control, emerging pathogens and laboratory-epidemiology interaction.

Fellowship Opportunities

All fellows participate in an orientation session at CDC in Atlanta to gain a general understanding of the public health laboratory system and how it relates to infectious disease surveillance, prevention, research and control. Fellows are placed in local, state or federal (CDC) public health laboratories throughout the US. Fellows are provided with a stipend, medical insurance, travel to the host laboratory and a professional development allowance. Applicants must be US citizens and must be able to start appointment at the host laboratory as well as participate in the orientation session at CDC Atlanta following the program timeline.


All applicants are required to submit an application to APHL by the application deadline. A resume or cover letter cannot take the place of an application. It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that all materials are received at APHL by the application deadline. Applications that are incomplete, or received after the deadline date, will not be considered.