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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. Below are instructions and information about the application process. 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 and be responsible for the development of the fellow.

Mentor responsibilities:

  • 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

Interested laboratories must submit an application form to APHL for consideration, including information on the host lab environment, project proposal, and mentor biography. Please apply using our online application by February 28, 2018.

Selection​ 

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

Application ti​​melin​​​e:

The application for 2018-2019 fellowship class has opened. 

  • November 2017 - Applications open
  • February 28, 2018 - Applications close
  • March 2018 - Review process
  • April 2018 - Matching process
  • May 2018 - Final matches and decisions
  • July* 2018 - Fellowship begins  

*Fellowship start date is flexible upon approval of APHL, fellow and host lab

Questions?

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