​​The application process has closed for th​​​​​e 2017-2018 year. Please check back in the fall of 2017 to apply for the 2018-2019 year.

The APHL-CDC Bioinformatics Fellowship aims to train and prepare bioinformaticians to apply their expertise within public health and design tools to aid existing public health personnel in the use of bioinformatics. The Bioinformatics Fellowships provide post-master’s and post-doctoral level professionals the opportunity to apply their skills to a range of important and emerging public health problems, while gaining experience in their fields. Whether your specialty is metagenomics, algorithm/software development, microbial genomics, or another research area, we have a place for you!

Program specifics  

The program is a one-year full-time working fellowship for master's- and doctoral- level bioinformaticians. Postdoctoral fellows may extend for an additional year, provided funding is available. Fellows are placed in state, local and federal (CDC) public health laboratories throughout the US and collaborate on a wide range of important and emerging public health problems.  All fellows participate in an orientation session. Once in their host laboratories, fellows are supervised by an experienced mentor and work on real-world infectious disease projects. Fellows will collaborate with public health laboratorians, epidemiologists, and other subject matter experts to synthesize and correlate data into actionable public health information as part of ongoing AMD projects. In addition to their project specific work, fellows will participate in distance-based training and learning activities to achieve proficiency in select public health laboratory core competencies.

Program benefits

Fellows receive a stipend, allowances for: required medical insurance, travel to the host laboratory, professional development; and complimentary student membership to APHL.  The 2017 stipend starts at $51,208 for a master's-level fellow and $61,956 for a postdoctoral-level fellow, with a cost of living adjustment for major metropolitan areas. Detailed information on terms, salary and expectations can be found in the full Bioinformatics Fellowship Description.

Eligibility and requirements

Applicants must have complete a master's or doctoral degree in bioinformatics or a related discipline by the start date of their fellowship.  Fellows should plan on starting July 1, but some flexibility in start dates may be considered to allow for degree completion.  Applicants are required to have demonstrated education and/or experience in bioinformatics.   

Application process

We are no longer accepting applications for the 2017-2018 fellowship year. Please check back in fall of 2017 for the application for the 2018-2019 year. 

Applicants are required to submit an online application to APHL by the application deadline. The application includes a narrative statement, resume or CV, 3 letters of recommendation, and transcripts from all degree-granting institutions. Official transcripts will be required upon acceptance. It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure all materials are received by APHL by the application deadline. Applications that are incomplete or received after the deadline will not be considered.

The application deadline for the 2017 program was February 28, 2017. Please check back in the fall of 2017 for the 2018 application.

2017 Timeline

  • November 2016 - Applications opened
  • February 2017 - Applications due
  • March 2017 - Review process
  • April 2017 - Initial status update of applications
  • April 2017 - Matching process for finalists
  • May 2017 - Final decisions and matches​ 

Host Laboratories

CDC and APHL member local and state laboratories interested in applying to host one or more Bioinformatics Fellows, please see the Host Laboratory Instructions and Application page.


Please check out our list of F​AQs about the program and the application process.  If you have additional questions, please contact christin.hanigan@aphl.org.