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General Questions About the PHI/CDC Global Health Fellowship Program:

View the FAQ about the program in this short video (and find the written questions and answers below):

What are the geographic locations for prospective fellowship placements?

Fellowship locations may vary each year and within each track, to include Atlanta, or a variety of overseas locations. If you are selected for an interview, interviewees will be notified of their fellowship assignments and location. Feel free to explore the geographical locations of all past and current fellows under the Meet the Fellows.

When does the fellowship year begin, and can I apply to the fellowship during various times throughout the fellowship year?

The first fellowship year goes from September 1st to August 14th the following year. Due to intricate onboarding of the fellowship program, we only accept applications once a year.

How does the PHI/CDC Global Health Fellowship Program differ from other fellowship programs focused on global health?

The PHI/CDC Global Health Fellowship Program offers recent global and public health graduates from CEPH-accredited schools and programs the opportunity to work with leading CDC experts to apply academic knowledge to real world situations. While fellows work on the same projects and activities as CDC employees, their fellowship is focused on training and gaining the skills that may not be learned in academic programs but are needed to be successful in the global public health field.

What do fellows do?

Fellows work directly on projects and activities across the program’s six technical areas in the CDC headquarters in Atlanta or in CDC host offices overseas. For examples of their work, visit What is a Fellow or News and Blogs.

Do you have any more information on the fellowship tracks?

Each fellowship placement is unique and their individual fellowship assignment may change year to year. We have included a few fellowship description samples from each fellowship track to provide a better idea of the kind of work fellows may embark on. Check out sample fellowship descriptions for each track under What is a Fellow an also find articles highlighting Fellows’ successes by following us on social media and exploring our News and Blogs.

Does your program accommodate spouse or family members to my fellowship placement?

The fellowship does not extend any financial or operational support to accompanying family members. Should you choose to relocate with your family or spouse this would be at your personal discretion and expense.

How much are Fellows’ stipends? How do you determine what they earn?

Stipends are based on Atlanta’s General Schedule (GS) pay scale, GS-8 Step 1 for MPH or MSPH level placements and GS-9 Step 1 for PhD in Public Health level placements.  Stipends are prorated to 11.5 months in the first fellowship year, and anytime a fellow does not complete a full fellowship year.

What do fellows commonly do after completing the fellowship?

Fellows embark on a variety of career paths after completing the fellowship, including pursuing higher education, continuing their work with CDC, and working for implementing partners in the global health field. Our Alumni page has several examples of where our fellows go after completing the fellowship.

Application Questions:

View the FAQ about the application process in this short video (and find the written questions and answers below):

What are the requirements to apply to the program?

The minimum eligibility requirements to apply for the program are 1) MPH, MSPH or PhD in Public Health from a CEPH-accredited school or program (qualifying degree received prior to June before the beginning of the fellowship or within the last five years), and 2) U.S. citizenship or U.S. permanent resident status, and authorized to work in the U.S.

What is the timeline for applying to the program?

Interested applicants can learn about the program all year long, and applications become available once a year (December/January). Selected Finalists are notified in early May and submit onboarding documents to begin their fellowship at the start of September. For more information on the application process, timeline, and deadlines, visit Apply to be a Fellow.

Are applicants with a degree in M.Sc in Epidemiology or Global Health from a CEPH-accredited school in Public Health still eligible to apply?

Currently, we are only accepting applicants who hold a MPH, MSPH or PhD in Public Health. We understand CEPH-accreditation spans across programs and degrees that may be similar. Applicants should confirm with their school that their qualifying degree is an MPH, MSPH or PhD in public health. All finalists will be required to submit degree credentials that verifies they meet eligibility.

Why do you only accept applicants with an MPH, MSPH or PhD in Public Health? Or from a CEPH-accredited school or program?

Being a PHI/CDC Global Health Fellow requires extensive technical knowledge of the public health field. Accreditation through CEPH ensures that the public health schools and programs meet the highest standards. CDC also has a successful history of recruiting highly qualified individuals from CEPH-accredited schools and programs. This does not mean that individuals who did not attend a CEPH-accredited school or program or obtained a degree outside of an MPH, MSPH or PhD in Public Health are not highly qualified or technically skilled, but it is a requirement of this program.

Who qualifies as a recent graduate?

For applicants to qualify as a recent graduate, they must complete their MPH, MSPH or PhD in Public Health by the end of June prior to the beginning of the fellowship placement or have completed it within the last five years from when the fellowship begins in September. For more information on minimum eligibility, visit What is a Fellow and review questions answered above.

I am completing my graduate studies, but I will not graduate until after the deadline for application materials. Can I still apply?

If you will complete your MPH, MSPH or PhD in Public Health from a CEPH-accredited school or program by end of June 2021, you may submit your application for review. Please indicate in your application your anticipated graduation date. Selected finalist will be required to provide a copy of their transcript as proof of graduation.

Is this fellowship open to international students?

The fellowship is only open to U.S. citizens and U.S. permanent residents. If you do not meet this requirement, you are not eligible to apply. See the next question for further detail.

Why do I need to be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident to apply?

All fellowships require security clearances that only a U.S. Citizen or U.S. Permanent Resident are eligible to attain. Being a U.S. citizen or permanent resident is required for every individual applying to be a PHI/CDC Global Health Fellow.

Can I apply to multiple fellowship tracks?

Yes, you may apply to up to three (3) fellowship . However, the most successful placements occur when candidates apply for fellowships where they are qualified and have skills that are applicable to the selected fellowship tracks. Applicants will be required to include a personal statement for each track that highlights their accomplishments, experience, technical knowledge, and more.

Do my references need to submit a letter of recommendation as part of the application submission?

Your references will not need to submit a letter of recommendation as part of the application submission. They may be contacted to complete a digital reference check on your behalf if you advance through the application process as a finalist.

What if my language is not listed as one of the choices in the application form?

Please include your language skills in your resume under a skills and languages section.

What happens after I submit my application?

Once the application period closes for the fellowship, program staff and a panel of reviewers will review all application materials and forward advanced applicants to CDC Mentors. CDC Mentors will review the referred applicants and select individuals for interview. CDC Mentors will directly arrange interviews with select advanced applicants. It is possible for advanced applicants to receive one or more interviews, and it is important to note that being considered as an advanced applicant does not ensure you will be contacted for an interview. Once interviews are complete, PHI/CDC program team will notify the selected finalists and begin the documentation verification and reference check process.  Upon satisfactory documentation verification and satisfactory reference checks, selected finalists will be contacted with a verbal offer. When all the fellowship placements have been filled, PHI/CDC program team will notify all applicants, via email, with an application update. We always encourage candidates to apply again the following year if you are not offered a fellowship.

When will I find out if I have been selected to be a PHI/CDC Global Health Fellow? Can I call or email the program to follow up on my application?

Please visit Apply to be a Fellow for the application timeline. We will notify all applicants of their status by May. If selected as a finalist, you will receive notification of the next steps in preparation for fellowship placement. If you have questions about the status of your application, please contact us at info@phi-cdcfellows.org.

Should I call or email PHI-CDC to follow up on my application? 

It is not necessary for you to call or email to follow up so long as you received a confirmation email from our online application system acknowledging receipt of your application materials. We will notify all applicants of their status by May of the application year. Be sure to include info@phi-cdcfellow.org on your email’s safe list to ensure that your spam filter does not erroneously filter out PHI/CDC’s messages. If you do not receive notification of your application status by May, please reach out to us at info@phi-cdcfellow.org for more information.

The PHI/CDC Global Health Fellowship Program is implemented for CDC by the Public Health Institute and its partner Consortium of Universities for Global Health.


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