​The application period for 2017 is closed.  Please check back in the fall of 2017 to apply for 2018-2019.Instructions and RequirementsAny 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. Interested laboratories must fulfill the following requirements:Demonstrate need for the project:Specify how the proposed project for the fellow fits laboratory strategic objectives and will benefit laboratory practicesDescribe 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 activitiesAllow 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 competenciesSupply 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 requirementsDesignate a mentor and provide administrative and programmatic supportMentor Requirements and ResponsibilitiesHost 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. The mentor must meet the following requirements: Be a full-time employeeHold a supervisory level position as an infectious disease laboratorian or other public health roleHave research or training experience/goals complimentary to the fellow's projectBe available and accessible for the duration of the programMeet weekly with the fellow to review progressProvide a realistic appraisal of the fellow's goals and performance based on objectives agreed upon at the beginning of the assignmentProvide constructive criticism and enthusiastic support to the fellowProvide 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 projectApplication 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. The application for 2017-2018 has closed.  Pleased check back in the fall of 2017 for 2018-2019 applications.A selection panel composed of representatives from APHL and CDC will evaluate each host laboratory application. Selection will be based on: Strength of 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 mentor's ability to meet requirements as outlined aboveDegree to which candidates in the fellowship pool will meet the needs of the host lab