​​​What academic degrees are applicable to this program?

Appropriate academic degrees for the N​​BS Fellowship Program include doctorate-level degrees in genetics, genomics, public health, molecular biology, population health or other related discipline.  

I will not have finished by doctorate degree by the application deadline.  Can I still apply?

Yes, you do not have to have completed your degree by the application deadline. The degree must be completed by the time the fellowship begins (July 2017). 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 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 validation of newborn screening assays, evaluation of screening results comparing different methodologies, or pilot study research for implementation of screening for a new condition. View past fellow projects for more examples.

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 must apply to host a fellow, and not all laboratories will apply. APHL cannot guarantee any particular geographic placement, and fellows must be willing to relocate.      

Who should write the letters of recommendation for my application?

If the host laboratory requests letters of recommendation, your letters of recommendation ideally should be written by individuals who can comment on your laboratory skills and interests, such as science professors or laboratory supervisors. Non-science professor and other employers are also acceptable references.

What is the criteria by which my application will be reviewed?

Each complete application will be reviewed by the host laboratory. Applications may be evaluated based on academic achievement, work experience, career goals, letters of recommendation, interviews, and/or any other supporting documentation requested by the host laboratory.

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 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. ​​​