APHL-CDC Antimicrobial Resistance Fellowship
The 2017 application cycle has closed. The application for 2018 will be available in November 2017. To access the online application after November, please click here .
The APHL-CDC Antimicrobial Resistance (AR) Fellowship Program provides scientists with the opportunity to collaborate on a range of antimicrobial resistance issues. The fellowship's mission is to introduce scientists to public health laboratory science while building the workforce needed to detect and respond to existing and emerging forms of AR.
The AR Fellowship is a full-time working fellowship program for master's- and doctoral-degree level scientists. Fellows will be placed in one of eight public health laboratories for a 12-month term. Extensions for an additional 12-month term may be granted, provided funding is available. In addition to laboratory-specific work, fellows will participate in distance-based training and learning activities to achieve proficiency in select public health laboratory core competencies.
There are currently two AR Fellowship tracks being offered. Prospective fellows are welcome to apply to one or both tracks.
Antibiotic Resistance Laboratory Network Track
In 2016, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) established the Antibiotic Resistance Laboratory Network (ARLN), comprised, in part of seven public health laboratories placed strategically across the US to provide comprehensive laboratory capacity for a variety of AR pathogens with cutting-edge technologies that allow for faster detection to better inform outbreak response. Fellows selected for the ARLN Track are required to participate in an orientation session and two-week rotation at CDC prior to starting work at one of the seven ARLN laboratories.
ARLN Track Host Laboratories
Drug Resistant Tuberculosis Track
Multidrug-resistant Tuberculosis (MDR-TB) is a disease of grave domestic and global public health concern. Rapid and accurate identification of drug resistance is imperative both to ensure appropriate treatment for individual patients as well as the administration of necessary TB Control measures. Fellows participating in the TB Track work with public health leaders to perform and apply conventional, culture-based and cutting edge, molecular methods to identify and control drug resistant TB outbreaks. The fellow will be primarily placed at the
Microbial Diseases Laboratory of the California Department of Public Health in Richmond, CA
and will complete periodic rotations at CDC and other public health laboratories.
Fellows receive a stipend, allowances for: medical insurance, travel to the host laboratory, professional development, training at CDC, and; complimentary student membership to APHL. The 2017 stipend starts at $43,000 for a master's-level fellow and $52,000 for a postdoctoral-level fellow, with a cost of living adjustment for major metropolitan areas.
Eligibility and requirements
Applicants must be US citizens or permanent residents. Applicants must have completed a master's or postdoctoral degree in microbiology, molecular biology, or a related discipline by the start date of the fellowship.
The online application includes submission of a narrative statement, resume or CV, three letters of recommendation, official transcripts from all degree-granting institutions, and proof of US citizenship or permanent residency. It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure all materials are received by APHL by the application deadline. Applications that are incomplete or received after the deadline will not be considered. Finalists will be invited to interview with host laboratories.
The 2017 application cycle has closed. The application for 2018 will be available in November 2017.
November 1, 2016 – Online applications available for prospective fellows
February 28, 2017 – Deadline for receipt of application and supplemental materials to APHL
April 15, 2017 - All applicants notified of status. Finalists invited to interview
April – May 2017 – Interviews
Summer 2017 – Fellows report to host laboratories and begin fellowship
Host Laboratories are pre-selected through other mechanisms. There is no open call for host laboratories at this time.
For a list of FAQ about the program and the application process, see here. Still have questions? Contact:
Kelly Wroblewski, MPH, MT(ASCP)
Director of Infectious Disease
Nikki Marchan, MPH
Specialist, Antimicrobial Resistance