Applications are now closed. Recruitment for the 2021 cohort will begin in Fall 2020.
Instructions and Requirements
Any state public health or local public health laboratory may apply to host an AR Lab Fellow. Below are instructions and information about the application process. If you have any questions please contact APHL at
Host Laboratory Requirements
Interested laboratories must fulfill the following requirements:
Specify how the proposed AR project for the fellow fits the laboratory strategic objectives for Combating Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria (CARB) activities and will benefit laboratory practices. All project proposals should include clear timelines and defined objectives, and describe how hosting the fellow will integrate with and advance programmatic activities.
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 as needed.
Designate a mentor to provide administrative and programmatic oversight. See below for Mentor Responsibilities and Requirements.
Provide a written report to APHL of the fellowship experience on a quarterly basis to ensure sufficient progress has occurred.
Propose a timeframe for training and research opportunities.
Identify training provider(s) and their commitment to provide the requested training within the proposed timeframe.
Mentor Responsibilities and Requirements
The mentor will be a highly experienced infectious disease laboratorian with experience in antimicrobial resistance who will guide and direct the fellow for the duration of the program. The mentor will be a full-time employee at the host laboratory and be responsible for the development of the fellow. The mentor must meet the following requirements:
Hold a supervisory level position.
Have research or training experience/goals complimentary to the fellow’s project.
Be available and accessible for the duration of the program.
Meet regularly with the fellow to review progress.
Provide a realistic appraisal of the fellow’s goals and performance, based on objectives agreed upon at the beginning of the assignment.
Provide constructive criticism and enthusiastic support to the fellow.
Provide quarterly reports to APHL leads on the fellow’s performance in the laboratory and his or her progress with the designated project.
Application and Selection Process
The application period is currently closed. APHL will open recruitment for the 2021-2022 cohort in Fall 2020. Laboratories interested in hosting a fellow must submit an application, including information on the host lab environment, project proposal and mentor's CV.
A selection panel composed of representatives from APHL and CDC will evaluate each host laboratory application. Selection will be based on:
Strength of proposed fellowship project including applicability of project goals and outcomes to CARB activities.
Demonstration of mentor’s ability to meet requirements as outlined above.
Degree to which candidates in the fellowship pool will meet the needs of the host laboratory.
Applications that are incomplete or received after the deadline will not be considered. Finalists will be invited to interview with potential fellows.
November, 1 2019
February 29, 2020
March - April 2020
April 30, 2020
All applicants notified of status; finalists invited to interview with potential fellows
Final matches and decisions
If you have any questions on the application process for host laboratories, please contact APHL at