​​​​​​Recruitment for the 2021-2022 Bioinformatics fellows and host labs will begin in fall 2020!​ 
​Apply to Host a Bioinformatics Fellow

Instructions and Requirements

Any disease laboratory at CDC or APHL-member state and local public health laboratory is eligible to apply to host a Bioinformatics Fellow​. This year we are accepting applications for bioinformatics projects related to newborn screening in addition to infectious diseases. Below are instructions and information about the application process. Don't forget to also check out our past fellows and their projects! If you have any questions, please contact APHL at christin.hanigan@aphl.org.

Laboratory Requirements

  • Demonstrate need for the project.

  • Specify how the proposed project for the fellow fits laboratory strategic objectives and will benefit laboratory practices.

  • Describe state public health laboratory and/or program involvement (for CDC applicants).

  • All project proposals should include clear timelines and defined objectives and describe how hosting the fellow will integrate with and advance programmatic activities.

  • Allow the fellow sufficient time away from the proposed laboratory-specific work to participate in APHL-led distance-based training and learning activities to achieve proficiency in select public health laboratory core competencies.

  • Supply the fellow with appropriate office and laboratory space, facilities, technical and clerical support (including an email account), travel to a state public health facility or CDC (if applicable) and access to necessary equipment and personnel as needed for the fellow to implement program requirements.

  • Designate a mentor and provide administrative and programmatic support. Host laboratories will assign the fellow a mentor who will outline the objectives of each fellow's assigned project(s) and provide guidance for the duration of the program. The assigned mentor at the host laboratory will be responsible for the development of the fellow.

Mentor R​esponsibilities

  • Be a full-time employee.

  • Hold a supervisory level position as an infectious disease laboratorian or other public health role.

  • Have research or training experience/goals complimentary to the fellow's project.

  • Be available and accessible for the duration of the program.

  • Meet weekly 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 semi-annual reports to APHL and CDC fellowship leads on the fellow's performance in the laboratory and on his or her progress with the designated project.

Application and Selection Process

​​Recruitment for the 2021-2022 fellows and host labs will ​begin in fall 2020!

Interested laboratories must submit an online application form to APHL for consideration, including information on the host lab environment, project proposal, and mentor biography.


A selection panel composed of representatives from APHL and CDC will evaluate each host laboratory application. Selection will be based on: 

  • Strength of the proposed project including applicability of project goals and outcomes to broader public health applications and integration of state public health programs into the proposed project(s).

  • Demonstration of the mentor's ability to meet requirements as outlined above.

  • Degree to which the fellowship pool will meet the needs of the host laboratory.

2021-2022 Application Ti​​melin​​​e*

The application for 2021-2022 fellowship class will open this fall. This is a tentative timeline and will be updated when applications open. 

  • November 2020: Online applications available

  • Late February - early March, 2021: Deadline for receipt of application and supplemental materials to APHL

  • March 2021: Review process

  • April - May 2021: Interviews, matching process for finalists

  • May 2021: Final decisions and matches

  • July 2021: Fellows report to host laboratories and begin fellowship (Start dates can be flexible)

* This is a tentative timeline and will be updated when applications open in fall 2020.


If you have any questions on the application process for host laboratories, please contact APHL at christin.hanigan@aphl.org​​