​​​​The Environmental Health Laboratory Fellowship Program is not currently accepting applications for this program. APHL plans to start recruiting in 2021. 

​The Environmental Health Laboratory Fellowship Program, sponsored by APHL and CDC, trains and prepares scientists for careers in public health laboratories and supports public health initiatives related to human chemical exposures through targeted biomonitoring or environmental health surveillance. The fellowship's mission is to provide a high quality training experience for the fellow while providing workforce capacity to the public health laboratory community.

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​​Program specifics

The program is a one-year full-time working fellowship for bachelor's- or master's-degree level scientists, with the option for a second year providing available funding. Fellows are placed in local and state public health laboratories throughout the US to receive training in bench-level laboratory skills and methods and assist with high-priority environmental health testing, surveillance, and exposure assessment. Fellows will gain an understanding of the public health laboratory system and how it relates to environmental health, exposure reduction, surveillance and intervention. Once in their host laboratories, fellows are supervised by an experienced mentor and work on bench-level projects proposed by the host laboratory. Fellows may have opportunities to collaborate with federal (CDC) public health laboratories. In addition to laboratory-specific work, fellows 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: medical insurance, travel to the host laboratory, professional development and; complimentary student membership to APHL. For reference, the 2018 stipend started at $39,000/year, with a cost of living adjustment for major metropolitan areas.

​​Eligibility and requirements

Applicants must be US citizens or permanent residents. Applicants must hold (or expect to complete by the program start date) a recent bachelor's or master's-level degree (for example, MS, MPH, or MSPH) in biology, microbiology, virology, chemistry, public health or a related discipline. The degree must have been received within the last 5 years.

Applicants must be able to start their appointment at the host laboratory following the program timeline.

​​​Application process

​​​​The Environmental Health Laboratory Fellowship Program is not currently accepting applications for this program. APHL plans to start recruiting in 2021.

Applicants are required to submit an application to APHL by the application deadline. The application includes a narrative statement, resume or CV, three letters of recommendation, official transcripts from all degree-granting institutions, and proof of US citizenship or permanent residency. 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.

Host laboratories​

Host laboratory instructions and ap​p​lications​ are available for ​APHL member local and state public health laboratories interested in applying to host one or more EH Laboratory Fellows.​


​View the list of FAQs about the program and the application process. Still have questions? Contact eh@a​phl.org​​​.