​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Applications for the APHL-CDC Biorisk Management Fellowship summer 2023 cohort will open in fall 2022.

About the APHL-CDC Biorisk Management Fellowship Program

​​Biorisk Fellowship FlyerThe APHL-CDC Biorisk Management (BRM) Fellowship trains and prepares scientists for careers in public health laboratories and supports initiatives related to strengthening laboratory safety, biosafety and biosecurity. The mission of the BRM Fellowship is to provide a high-quality training experience for the fellow while contributing workforce capacity to the public health laboratory community. Fellows apply their skills to a range of important and emerging public health problems while gaining experience in areas such as biorisk management, which encompasses biosafety and biosecurity, laboratory safety, regulations, training and outreach to diverse partners as well as policies and practices to minimize risks associated with the handling of biological materials.​

​​Examples of projects include:

  • Development and implementation of a risk assessment process for various sections within a public health laboratory 

  • Development of a Biorisk Ma​nagement Training Program for clinical laboratories 

  • Collaboration with non-traditional testing sites to develop tools for safe implementation of new tests/technologies 

  • Evaluation of decontamination methods/decontamination of laboratory equipment.

Watch a short video about the fellowship experience

​Program Specifics​

The program is a full-time working fellowship for bachelor’s-, master’s- and doctoral-level scientists. The program term is for one year, with a possible extension. Fellows are placed in state, local and territorial public health laboratories to receive training in bench-level laboratory skills and methods on how to avoid potential hazards associated with the handling of biological materials, chemical agents and other toxins. Fellows will gain an understanding of the public health laboratory system and how it mitigates risks posed by working with infectious agents and other threats in laboratories. The fellow will also learn the essential process of performing formal risk assessments and evaluating risk on an on-going basis.

Once in their host laboratories, fellows are supervised by an experienced mentor and work on projects proposed by the host laboratory. Fellows may have opportunities to collaborate with other state, local, territorial or federal public health laboratories as well as national organizations that play a vital role in strengthening laboratory safety and security. ​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.

Program ​Be​​​ne​​fits​​​

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 depending on degree, experience and host laboratory location.

Fellow Eligibility and ​Req​​uirements

  • Applicants must be US citizens or permanent residents. 

  • Applicants must have completed a minimum of a bachelor's degree by the program start date.

Application Process


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. ​

​Host L​abo​rator​ies

APHL member state, local and territorial public health laboratories, environmental, chemical, agricultural and food safety laboratories, and occasionally federal laboratories, are eligible to host ​fellows. Laboratory staff interested in applying to host a fellow should review the Host Laboratory Information webpage before submitting their application.


View a list of Frequently Asked Questions about the fellowship program and the application process. Still have questions? Contact APHL program staff at fellowships@aphl.org.​​​​​​​