The application period for the 2021 AR Laboratory Fellowship is now closed. The application cycle will reopen in Fall 2021.

The APHL-CDC Antimicrobial Resistance (AR) Laboratory Fellowship Program​ (AR Lab Fellowship) 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 Lab Fellowship is a full-time working fellowship program for master's- and doctoral-degree level scientists. Fellows will be placed in one of seven public health laboratories for a 12-month term. Extensions for an additional 12-month term may be granted to doctoral fellows, 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.

AR Lab Fellows are selected from a highly competitive pool of applicants. Learn more about the current fellows and their projects and watch a short video about the fellowship experience.

AR Lab Fellowship Tracks

There are two fellowship tracks. The Antibiotic Resistance Laboratory Network Track is offered each year. The Drug-resistant Tuberculosis (TB) Track is available every other year; recruitment for this track will begin in Fall 2020 for a start date in Summer 2021.

Fellows selected for the AR Lab Network Track and the Drug-resistant TB Track are required to participate in an orientation session at CDC during the summer they begin their fellowships.​

Antibiotic Resistance Laboratory Network Track

In 2016 CDC established the AR Laboratory Network, which supports nationwide lab capacity to rapidly detect antimicrobial resistance and inform local responses to prevent spread of resistant infections. The AR Lab Network includes laboratories in 50 states, four large cities and Puerto Rico. Seven of these laboratories are designated as regional laboratories. These labs provide additional testing for a variety of AR pathogens and complement the laboratory capacity in every state, four cities and Puerto Rico. Fellows selected can be placed at one of the seven AR Lab Network regional laboratories or on CDC's main campus:

* Laboratories may not have a doctoral fellowship position available during this application period

Master's fellows will have the opportunity to complete the fellowship at other non-regional laboratories of the AR Lab Network, which will be determined through a competitive process.

Drug-resistant Tuberculosis Track

Multidrug-resistant 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 host laboratory will be determined by APHL and CDC by Winter 2020; additionally the fellow will complete periodic rotations at CDC and other public health laboratories.

Program Benefits

Fellows receive a stipend and allowances for: medical insurance, travel to the host laboratory, professional development, training at CDC, and complimentary student membership to APHL. The 2020 stipend follows the federal General Schedule (GS) pay table. Post-master's fellows will receive compensation commensurate to GS-9 step 1 and post-doctoral fellows receiving compensation commensurate to GS-11 step 1.

Application Process​


Applicants must be US citizens or permanent residents. Applicants must have completed a master's or doctoral degree in microbiology, molecular biology, public health or a related discipline by the start date of the fellowship.

Application Requirements

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.

2021-2022 Fellowship Timeline

  • November 2020
    Online applications available for prospective fellows

  • February 28, 2021
    Deadline for receipt of application and supplemental materials to APHL

  • Early May 2021
    Applicants notified of status

  • April – May 2021
    Interviews​, matching process for finalists

  • Summer 2021
    Fellows report to host laboratories and begin fellowship

Host Laboratory Application

State and local public health laboratories interested in applying to host an AR Lab Fellow can find additional information on the host laboratory instructions and application​ page.


View a list of FAQs about the program and the application process. If you have additional questions, please contact Nikki Marchan, MPH, senior specialist, Antimicrobial Resistance, or Kelly Wroblewski, MPH, MT(ASCP), director, Infectious Disease Programs.

​What do I need to complete my application?

  • Complete application​ form

  • Transcripts from undergraduate and graduate studies

  • Personal narrative describing why you are applying for this fellowship

  • Resume or curriculum vitae

  • Three letters of recommendation​​​​