The following questions and answers are applicable to all fellowship programs.
What academic degrees are applicable to the fellowship programs?
Please see the fellowship overview flyer for the list of appropriate degrees for each APHL 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 your application.
I am not a US citizen or permanent resident. Can I apply for a fellowship?
No. 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.
Where are host laboratories located?
Host laboratories are APHL member state, local and territorial public health laboratories as well as environmental, chemical, agricultural and food safety laboratories, and occasionally federal laboratories. These laboratories have demonstrated an ability to provide a fellow with the technical training, research opportunities and practical experience required by the program. Laboratories apply annually to host one or more fellows, and not all laboratories apply every year.
How are laboratory assignments determined?
Prior to final selection for the program, qualified candidates will be interviewed by host laboratory staff. Once interviews are completed, candidates will be notified of their status. Host laboratory staff and candidates will work with APHL staff to determine final laboratory placements. APHL cannot guarantee any particular laboratory or geographic placement. Fellows must be willing to relocate.
Who are the program mentors?
Mentors are highly experienced public health laboratory scientists who guide and direct the fellow for the duration of the program. The mentors work at the host laboratory and are responsible for the technical, professional and ethical development of the fellow.
What types of training do the fellows receive? What do they do in the host laboratories?
The APHL-CDC Fellowship Program offers a wide variety of training and research experiences. A specific objective-based experience is developed for each fellow based on the host laboratory project and fellow interests. See the most recent Focus on Fellows brochure for examples of past fellow projects. In addition to specialized laboratory training, all fellows complete training in public health laboratory core competencies.
What are the public health laboratory core competencies?
The Competency Guidelines for Public Health Laboratory Professionals outlines the knowledge, skills and abilities necessary for public health laboratory professionals to deliver core services efficiently and effectively.
What are the criteria by which my application will be reviewed?
Each complete application is reviewed by a selection committee with representatives from APHL, its member laboratories, CDC staff and affiliates, and previous program mentors and fellows. Applications are evaluated based on academic achievement, work experience, career goals and letters of recommendation.
Who should write the letters of recommendation for my application?
Letters of recommendation should be written by individuals who can comment on your work experience, skills relevant to the specific fellowship subject area, and public health laboratory science interests. These include academic professors and laboratory supervisors. Non-science professors and other employers are also acceptable references.
Will I receive confirmation that my application was received by APHL?
APHL will confirm receipt of your draft applications when submitted (an automatic notification when you hit "submit"). However, it is the applicant's responsibility to ensure their application is complete. Please allow sufficient time for your references to submit their letters of recommendation by the application deadline.
Will I receive confirmation when my letters of recommendation are received by APHL?
No, it is the applicant's responsibility to check their application status, including submission of letters of recommendation. All recommendations must be received by the application deadline for your application to be considered complete. You can resend recommendation requests and change references up to the application deadline.
Do fellows receive health insurance?
APHL does not directly provide health insurance to fellows. We provide a health insurance allowance ($500/month) to each fellow to purchase their own health insurance. Health insurance is required by the fellow's start date and throughout the program; proof must be supplied to APHL prior to the start date.
What vaccinations are required for fellows?
Each host laboratory has its own policy regarding required vaccinations. This information will be provided to candidates when positions and placements are confirmed.
What happens after I complete the fellowship program?
Some 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, 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.
What if I still have questions?
Please check the About APHL-CDC Fellowship and Internship Programs and program-specific webpages for more information. If you have furhter questions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.