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 Fellows​

APHL-CDC Antimicrobial Resistance Fellowship

The 2017 application cycle has closed. The 2018 application​ will be available in November 2017. 

​​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.  

​​Program Specifics

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 Tub​erculosis Track

Multidrug-resistant T​​​uberculosis (MDR-TB) is a disease of grave domestic and global public health concern. Rapid and accurate identification of drug resistance is imperative both to ensu​​​re 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​. 

Program Benefits

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 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.​

​Application process

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, 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

Summer 2017
Fellows report to host laboratories and begin fellowship​

Host laboratories

​​Host Laboratories are pre-selected through other mechanisms. There is no open call for host laboratories at this time.​

Frequently Asked Questions

View a list of FAQs​ about the program and the application process


Kelly Wroblewski, MPH, MT(ASCP), director, Infectious Disease or Nikki Marchan​, MPH,
specialist, Antimicrobial Resistance.

​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