What academic degrees are applicable to this program?
Appropriate academic degrees for the Antimicrobial Resistance Fellowship Program include a master's or doctoral level degree in microbiology, molecular biology or a related field. Applicants without a degree in a related field will only be considered if they have significant experience applicable to antimicrobial resistance (AR).
I will not have finished by college degree by the application deadline. Can I still apply?
Yes, you do not have to have completed your degree by the application deadline. However, the degree must be completed by the time the fellowship begins (Summer 2017).
I am not a US citizen. Can I apply for the fellowship?
This program is open only to US citizens and permanent residents. Acceptance into the fellowship program is contingent on proof of citizenship or permanent residency.
Who should write the letters of recommendation for my application?
Ideally your letters of recommendation should be written by individuals who can provide personalized commentary on your laboratory skills, education and interests. Appropriate references include professors, laboratory supervisors and other employers.
Will I receive notification that my application was receive by APHL?
Yes, APHL will confirm receipt of all applications by email. However, it is the applicant's responsibility to ensure his/her application is complete and all documents are uploaded by the application deadline. Additionally please allow plenty of time for your references to submit their letters to APHL by the February 28 deadline.
What is the criteria by which my application will be reviewed?
Each complete application will be reviewed by several members of the selection committee. The selection committee includes representatives from APHL and its member laboratories, CDC staff and affiliates, and previous program mentors and fellows. Applications are evaluated based academic achievement, work experience, the personal narrative and letters of recommendation.
What are the public health laboratory core competencies?
The Competency Guidelines for Public Health Laboratory Professionals outline the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary for public health laboratory (PHL) professionals to deliver the core services of PHLs efficiently and effectively.
Where are the host laboratories located, and can I choose my assignment?
The host laboratory for the Drug Resistant Tuberculosis Track is the Microbial Disease Laboratory of the California Department of Public Health which is located in Richmond, CA.
The host laboratories for the Antibiotic Resistance Laboratory Network Track are:
- Maryland Public Health Laboratory (Baltimore, MD)
- Minnesota Department of Health Public Laboratory (St. Paul, MN)
- Tennessee State Public Health Laboratory (Nashville)
- Texas Department of State Health Services Laboratory (Austin, TX)
- Wadsworth Center (Albany, NY)
- Washington State Public Health Laboratories (Shoreline, WA)
- Wisconsin State Laboratory of Hygiene (Madison, WI)
Applicants have the option of selecting which track(s) and laboratories they wish to be considered for during the application process. Applicants may apply to all eight laboratories if they wish. During the review process APHL will attempt to match fellows with one of their desired locations. APHL cannot guarantee any particular geographic placement, and fellows must be willing to relocate. For this reason, applicants are encouraged to only select locations they are willing to work at.
Will my relocating costs be reimbursed by APHL?
Yes, APHL will reimburse travel costs to the host laboratory up to $1200. Any expense over the $1200 limit will be the responsibility of the fellow.
What types of training do the fellows receive? What do they do in the host laboratories?
Fellows in the Antimicrobial Resistance program will have the opportunity to train and gain experience in a variety of AR activities.
Possible projects fellows may work on include: detection of carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae (CRE) and its phenotypic and molecular characterization; conducting antimicrobial susceptibility testing, molecular testing and molecular detection of resistance mechanisms for new, unusual or emerging AR threats; proteomic identification of pathogenic organisms by mass spectrometry; conducting CDC-directed specialized sentinel surveillance programs of critical AR threat organisms.
What happens after I complete the fellowship?
Some APHL fellows accept temporary or permanent positions in their host laboratories following completion of the fellowship program. Others pursue advanced degrees, employment opportunities at academic or private laboratories, other research fellowships, and positions in health-related private industry or non-profit health-related organizations. There is no guarantee of employment at the host laboratory, APHL or CDC following completion of the fellowship program.