Laboratory Fellowships

Host Laboratory Instructions and Application

Host Laboratory applications are now being accepted for the

2014 Emerging Infectious Diseases Laboratory Fellowship Program

APHL member local and state public health laboratories, and CDC laboratories, are eligible to apply to host one or more EID fellows. Up to 20 pre-doctoral one-year and 5 post-doctoral two-year fellowships will be awarded, pending available funding. Below are instructions and application forms.

Host laboratory applications must be submitted online (see link below). The deadline for receipt of applications is March 3, 2014.

Please read the instructions and program requirements below. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact APHL at 240-485-2778 or

Instructions and Requirements

State, local, and federal (CDC) public health laboratories may apply to host one or more EID laboratory fellows.  The host laboratory and staff must demonstrate the ability to provide training and/or research opportunities for the appropriate duration as described in the fellowship program timeline below.  There is no guarantee that an eligible laboratory will receive a fellow.  Please evaluate the following responsibilities and requirements.

The Host Laboratory Must...

  1. Have broad laboratory capabilities to ensure fellows are familiar with all relevant techniques in a given specialty.
  2. Demonstrate adequate laboratory research capabilities in infectious diseases.
  3. Have demonstrated ability to provide training and/or research opportunities.
  4. Provide opportunities for the fellow to participate in a field investigation or special laboratory assignment to assist in the investigation of a disease outbreak.
  5. Ensure the fellow participates in “research in progress” or other relevant seminar series or teleconference.
  6. Provide an on-site mentor who will inform, instruct and provide an example for the fellow. The mentor will assist the fellow as a functional member of the laboratory and provide a stimulating atmosphere in which to learn and conduct research.
  7. Designate an on-site “facilitator” (also called Branch Program Management Official (PMO)/Administrator at CDC laboratories) to interact with the fellow, mentor and host laboratory personnel. This individual will assist the fellow in situating to the area, including locating local housing.
  8. Supply the fellow with appropriate office and laboratory space, facilities, technical and clerical support (including an email account), and access to necessary equipment and personnel.
  9. Be a member of APHL if a local/state public health laboratories. Membership not required for CDC laboratories.

Mentor Requirements and Responsibilities
The mentor will be a highly experienced public health laboratorian who will guide and direct the fellow for the duration of the program. The mentor will work at the host laboratory and be responsible for the academic, technical and ethical development of the fellow. The mentor must meet the following requirements:

  1. Hold a supervisory level laboratory position.
  2. Have research or training experience/goals complimentary to the fellow's project.
  3. Be available and accessible for the duration of the program.
  4. Provide a realistic appraisal of the fellow's goals and performance based on objectives agreed upon at the beginning of the assignment.
  5. Provide constructive criticism and enthusiastic support to the fellow.
  6. Provide periodic written reports on the fellow's progress.


The application consists of a cover page and three (3) sections.  Section A is for general information about your laboratory.  Section B describes the proposed project(s). Section C is for information about the mentor(s).

Section A: Host Laboratory Information
Complete all sections. The laboratory description must total no more than two (2) single-spaced typed pages.

Section B: Proposed Project(s)
Describe the fellow’s proposed training and research experience.  Include projects and/or training activities in which the fellow will be involved, and expected outcomes (publications, outbreak investigations, etc.)  Projects will be reviewed by candidates and are a major factor in their host laboratory selection.  At the top of each project, specify whether you would consider only a training fellow, only a research fellow or either type of fellow.  To maximize your chances of attracting a fellow, we encourage you to consider both levels of fellows.  If you specify one type of fellow on your project, APHL will request only those fellows consider an opportunity in your laboratory.

Each mentor may submit up to two (2) projects for consideration.  Each project must be no longer than one (1) single-spaced typed page.  No more than two (2) fellows may be assigned to the same mentor.

Section C: Mentor Application Mentors are required to submit an application form, a description of their experience and responsibilities (one page maximum) and a CV (two pages maximum).  Host laboratories are required to identify an alternate mentor to continue the program if the primary mentor is unable to complete his/her responsibilities.

2014 EID Fellowship Program Timeline

February 7 Deadline for receipt of completed fellow applications
March 3 ​Deadline for receipt of host laboratory applications
May 1 ​All fellowship applicants notified of status
June 9-10​ ​Interview/information session at CDC
June 16 ​2012 fellows confirmed
August 13-15 ​Orientation session at CDC
August-September​ ​Fellows must report to host laboratory between August 18 and September 15