What academic degrees are applicable to this program?
Appropriate academic degrees for the EH Laboratory Fellowship Program include bachelor's- and master's-level degrees in chemistry, biochemistry, environmental health, environmental science, biology, public health, or a related discipline. Applicants without a science degree will not be considered for the EH Laboratory Fellowship Program.
I will not have finished my 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. Please note the expected award date of your degree in the program application.
I am not a US citizen. Can I apply for the fellowship?
This program is open only to US citizens and permanent residents. Proof of US citizenship or permanent residency is a required part of the application process.
What types of training do the fellows receive? What do they do in the host laboratories?
The fellowship program offers a wide variety of training and research experiences. A specific objective-based curriculum is developed for each fellow focusing on areas such as: development and evaluation of analytical techniques; transfer of methodology from one laboratory or platform to another and appreciation of how laboratory data are used to assess human exposure, identify emerging issues, inform public health policy and evaluate environmental health interventions.
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.
Who are the program mentors?
Mentors are highly experienced public health laboratorians who guide and direct the fellow for the duration of the program. The mentors work at the host laboratory and are responsible for the academic, technical and ethical development of the fellow.
Where are the host laboratories located, and can I choose my assignment?
Host laboratories are APHL member local and state public health laboratories that have demonstrated their ability to provide a fellow with the technical training, research opportunities, and practical experience required by the program. Eligible laboratories are located throughout the US (all 50 states and the District of Columbia). Laboratories apply to host one or more fellows. APHL cannot guarantee any particular geographic placement and fellows must be willing to relocate.
Who should write the letters of recommendation for my application?
Ideally your letters of recommendation should be written by individuals who can comment on your work experience, laboratory skills and interests, such as a science professor or laboratory supervisor. Non-science professors and other employers are also acceptable references.
Will I receive notification that my application was received 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. Please allow sufficient time for your references to submit their letters and make sure your official transcripts are received by APHL by the 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 which includes representatives from APHL, its member laboratories, CDC staff and affiliates, and previous program mentors and fellows. Applications are evaluated based academic achievement, work experience, career goals, and letters of recommendation.
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. There is no guarantee of employment at the host laboratory, APHL or CDC following completion of the fellowship program.