The application period is currently closed. It will re-open in November 2018.

About the Antimicrobial Resistance Fellowship

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 seven 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.

Fellowship Loc​​ations​​

In 2016, CDC established the AR Laboratory Network, 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 are required to participate in an orientation session and two-week​​​ rotation at CDC prior to starting work at one of the seven AR Lab Network regional laboratories:​​

Host Laboratories are pre-selected by APHL, so there is no open call for host laboratories at this time. ​

Program Be​​​​​​ne​fits

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 201​7 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 an​​d​​​​ 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.​

​Application P​​ro​cess

The online application includes submission of a narrative statement, resume or CV, three le​tters 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.​


November 1, 2017
Online applications available for prospective fellows 

February 28, 2018
Deadline for receipt of application and supplemental materials to APHL 

April 15, 2018 
All applicants notified of status. Finalists invited to interview

April – May 2018 

Summer 2018
Fellows report to host laboratories and begin fellowship​​

​Meet the 2017 Antimicrobial Resistance Fellows!​

The first cohort of APHL-CDC Antimicrobial Resistance Fellows were selected from a highly competitive pool of applicants. Learn more about the 2017 F​ellows​.​


View a list of FAQs​ about the program and the application process. If you have additional questions, please contact Nikki Marchan​​, MPH, 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​