About the APHL-CDC Environmental Health Fellowship Program
APHL-CDC Environmental Health Laboratory Fellowship 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 program's mission is to provide a high quality training experience for the fellow while providing workforce capacity to the public health laboratory community. Fellows apply their skills to a range of important and emerging public health problems while gaining experience in areas such as environmental health, exposure reduction, surveillance and intervention.
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The program is a full-time working fellowship for bachelor's-, master's- and doctoral-level scientists. The program term is one year, with a possible extension. Fellows are placed in state, local and territorial public health laboratories as well as environmental and chemical laboratories, where they will 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 project-specific work, fellows participate in program orientation and distance-based training and learning activities to achieve proficiency in select public health laboratory core competencies.
Fellows receive a stipend, allowances for health insurance and professional development, and complimentary student membership to APHL. The 2022 stipend range is $41,000–$68,000/year depending on degree, experience and host laboratory location.
Fellow Eligibility and Requirements
- Applicants must be US citizens or permanent residents.
- Applicants must have completed a minimum of a bachelor’s degree by the program start date.
Applications must be submitted using the
online portal. The application includes a curriculum vitae or resume, narrative statement, unofficial transcripts (official transcripts will be required prior to start date), proof of US citizenship or permanent resident status, and three letters of recommendation. It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure all materials are received by the application deadline.
APHL member state, local and territorial public health laboratories, environmental, chemical, agricultural and food safety laboratories, and occasionally federal laboratories, are eligible to host bioinformatics fellows. Laboratory staff interested in applying to host a fellow should review the
Host Laboratory Information webpage before submitting their application.
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