About the APHL-CDC Infectious Disease Laboratory Fellowship
Infectious Diseases Laboratory (ID) Fellowship trains and prepares scientists for careers in public health laboratories and supports public health initiatives related to infectious diseases. The fellowship's mission is to provide a high quality training experience for the fellow while providing workforce capacity to the public health laboratory community.
Examples of previous projects and research include:
Validating whole genome sequencing for predicting drug susceptibility patterns of
Examining the phenotypic variability in clonal isolates of carbapenem-resistant
Acinetobacter baumanii from nosocomial outbreaks
Developing and completing a validation study comparing detection of SARS-CoV-2 antibodies in saliva versus serum.
The program is a full-time working fellowship for bachelor’s-, master’s- and doctoral-level scientists. The program term is one year, with a possible extension. Fellows are placed in state, local and territorial public health laboratories as well as environmental, chemical, agricultural and food safety laboratories to receive training in bench-level laboratory skills and methods and assist with high-priority infectious disease testing, surveillance and control measures. Fellows may focus on foodborne illnesses, sexually transmitted diseases, vector-borne diseases, antimicrobial resistance, respiratory diseases or another discipline area, depending on the fellow’s interests and available host laboratory opportunities. Fellows will gain an understanding of the public health laboratory system and how it relates to infectious disease research, prevention, surveillance and control.
Once in their host laboratories, fellows are supervised by an experienced mentor and work on bench-level projects proposed by the host laboratory. Fellows may have opportunities to collaborate with other state, local, territorial or federal public health laboratories. In addition to project-specific work, fellows participate in program orientation and distance-based training and learning activities to achieve proficiency in select public health laboratory core competencies.
Fellows receive a stipend, allowances for health insurance and professional development, and complimentary student membership to APHL. The 2022 stipend range is $41,000–$68,000/year depending on degree, experience and host laboratory location.
Fellow Eligibility and Requirements
Applications must be submitted using the
online portal. The application includes a curriculum vitae or resume, narrative statement, unofficial transcripts (official transcripts will be required prior to start date), proof of US citizenship or permanent resident status, and three letters of recommendation. It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure all materials are received by the application deadline.
APHL member state, local and territorial public health laboratories, environmental, chemical, agricultural and food safety laboratories, and occasionally federal laboratories, are eligible to host bioinformatics fellows. Laboratory staff interested in applying to host a fellow should review the
Host Laboratory Information webpage before submitting their application.
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