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. If you have any questions please contact APHL at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- 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.
- 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. We are now accepting applications for the 2019-2020 class of fellows. Applications are due on February 28, 2019.
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.
The application for 2019-2020 fellowship class has opened.
- November 2018 - Applications open
- February 28, 2019 - Applications close
- March 2019 - Review process
- April 2019 - Matching process
- May 2019 - Final matches and decisions
- July* 2019 - Fellowship begins
*Fellowship start date is flexible upon approval of APHL, fellow and host lab
If you have any questions on the application process for host laboratories, please contact APHL at email@example.com