​​​​ID Labo​ratory Fellowship Pro​​​gram

APHL member local and state public health laboratories are eligible to apply to host one or more ID Laboratory Fellows. Up to ten (10) master’s level one (1)-year fellowships will be awarded, pending available funding. Below are instructions and the link to the application form.  Please read all the instructions and requirements carefully before submitting an application.  If you have any questions, please contact APHL at fellowships@aphl.org.

Host laboratory applications must be submitted online. The next application cycle will being in the fall of 2021.

Instructions and Requirements

State and local public health laboratories may apply to host one or more ID Laboratory Fellows. The host laboratory and staff must demonstrate the ability to provide a high quality training experience and research opportunities for the fellow, in accordance with the program timeline. In addition to laboratory-specific work, fellows participate in distance-based training and learning activities to achieve proficiency in select public health laboratory ​ core competencies. There is no guarantee that an eligible laboratory will receive a fellow. Prior to application submission please review the following program requirements and responsibilities. The host laboratory must meet the following requirements:

  • ​​​Have broad laboratory capabilities to ensure fellows are familiar with relevant techniques in a given specialty.

  • Demonstrate adequate laboratory research capabilities in infectious diseases.

  • Have a demonstrated ability to provide training and/or research opportunities.

  • Provide opportunities for the fellow to participate in “research in progress” or other relevant seminar series of teleconferences.

  • Provide an on-site primary and secondary mentor who will inform, instruct and provide an example for the fellow. The mentor will assist the fellow as a functional member of the laboratory and provide a stimulating atmosphere in which to learn and conduct research.

  • Allow the fellow sufficient time away from the proposed laboratory-specific work to participate in APHL-led distance-based training and learning activities to achieve proficiency in select public health laboratory core competencies. This distance-based training is expected to take up to 30% of the fellow’s time during the program.

  • Designate an on-site “facilitator” to interact with the fellow, mentors, and host laboratory personnel. This individual will assist the fellow in the logistics of working at the laboratory and situating to the area, including locating local housing.

  • Supply the fellow with appropriate office and laboratory space, facilities, technical and clerical support. This includes an email account, and access to necessary equipment and personnel.

  • Be an APHL member laboratory. 

Mentor Requirements and Responsibilities

The primary and secondary mentors will be highly experienced public health laboratorians who will guide and direct the fellow for the duration of the program. The mentors will work at the host laboratory and be responsible for the academic, technical and ethical development of the fellow. The mentors must meet the following requirements:

  • Hold a supervisory level laboratory position.

  • Have research and training experience/goals complimentary to the fellow’s project.

  • Be available and accessible for the duration of the program.

  • Provide a realistic appraisal of the fellow’s goals and performance based on objectives agreed upon at the beginning of the assignment.

  • Provide constructive criticism and enthusiastic support to the fellow.

  • Provide periodic written reports to APHL on the fellow’s progress.


The online application consists of a cover page and three (3) sections: 

  • ​​Section A: General information about your laboratory

  • Section B: Describe the proposed project(s)

  • Section C: Information about the mentor(s)

Each mentor may submit up to two (2) projects for consideration. Each project must be no longer than one (1) page.