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

About the APHL-CDC Quality Management Laboratory Fellowship Program

​​​Quality Management Fellowship FlyerThe Quality Management Laboratory Fellowship Program trains and prepares scientists for careers in public health laboratories and supports public health initiatives related to quality assurance, quality control, the quality management system (and quality system essentials) and the public health laboratory system. The program'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 potential projects are targeted around continuous quality improvement and include:

  • Host a local or state assessment through the Laboratory System Improvement Program (L-SIP), evaluate the data and implement an improvement project with several system partners. 

  • Update/develop a new tool, template or guidance document to support one of the quality system essentials. Conduct training to support adoption.

  • Support a culture of continuous quality improvement. Conduct a needs assessment, analyze and interpret findings, and implement an improvement.​

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​Program Specifics​

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, and human and animal food testing laboratories. Fellows receive training and collaborate on a wide range of quality practices, standards and tools. 

Once in their host laboratories, fellows are supervised by an experienced mentor and work on projects that are based on the fellow’s interests and the needs of the host laboratories. The Quality Management track allows fellows to collaborate with all levels of the laboratory and may have the opportunity to engage with local, state and federal partners. ​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.​​​​​