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CDC Office of Science (OS) Fellowship Program 2023

*Applications will be reviewed on a rolling-basis.

CDC Office and Location: Multiple research opportunities are available in the Office of Science (OS), at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta, GA.

The Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) Research Participation Programs at the CDC are educational and training programs designed to provide students and recent graduate’s opportunities to participate in project-specific CDC research and developmental activities at CDC facilities that are related to CDC’s mission.

The OS mission is to promote quality, integrity, and innovation of CDC science to improve the public’s health. To achieve its mission for CDC’s 11,000 scientists, OS has five embedded offices that work to uphold scientific ideals; establish an environment of scientific excellence, integrity and innovation; and promote timely dissemination and translation of scientific information, innovations, and technology. In addition, this office serves as the primary advisor to CDC senior leaders on agency-wide scientific issues.

Research Project: The OS offers a variety of high-profile initiatives and projects, including agency leadership on health equity science and equity data as well as key data modernization initiative projects. Fellows participating in OS will have the opportunity to be involved across all of CDC’s domestic and global portfolio and will gain an excellent understanding of the agency.

Learning Objectives: Under the guidance of a mentor, the participant will train with staff on opportunities that may include:

  • Analyzing data on health equity science and developing reports and publications
  • Supporting science components of CDC’s emergency response work on COVID-19 and other public health emergencies
  • Conducting science portfolio analyses and developing publications
  • Contributing to projects that focus on different aspects of CDC’s Science Agenda that includes Agency wide efforts to advance quality, integrity and innovation of CDC science
  • Participating in quantitative and qualitative data review and analysis related to scientific initiatives within the Office of Science
  • Contributing to the development and presentation of scientific information including findings and recommendations, briefing materials, data analysis, policy research and analysis, and project proposals, related to CDC’s Science Agenda
  • Participating in collaborative engagement with scientific teams and Agency work groups
  • Contributing to the development of scientific project proposals and plans including project plan development, tracking and status reporting for key initiatives led by the Office of Science Director and other Senior Leadership in data modernization, knowledge management, and implementation science

Mentor(s)If you have questions about the nature of the research within the Office of Science, please contact the OS Management office at

Anticipated Appointment Start Date: Start date will vary by appointment. Start dates are flexible and will depend on a variety of factors.

Appointment LengthThe appointment will initially be for one year, but may be renewed upon recommendation of CDC and is contingent on the availability of funds.

Level of ParticipationThe appointment is full-time.

Participant StipendThe participant will receive a monthly stipend commensurate with educational level and experience. 

Citizenship RequirementsThis opportunity is available to U.S. citizens, Lawful Permanent Residents (LPR), and foreign nationals. Non-U.S. citizen applicants should refer to the Guidelines for Non-U.S. Citizens Details page of the program website for information about the valid immigration statuses that are acceptable for program participation.

ORISE InformationThis program, administered by ORAU through its contract with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to manage the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE), was established through an interagency agreement between DOE and CDC. Participants do not become employees of CDC, DOE or the program administrator, and there are no employment-related benefits. Proof of health insurance is required for participation in this program. Health insurance can be obtained through ORISE.

The successful applicant(s) will be required to comply with Environmental, Safety and Health (ES&H) requirements of the hosting facility, including but not limited to, COVID-19 requirements (e.g. facial covering, physical distancing, testing, vaccination).

Questions: Please visit our Program Website. After reading, if you have additional questions about the application process please email and include the reference code for this opportunity.



The qualified candidate should be currently pursuing or have received a bachelor's, master's or doctoral degree in one of the relevant fields. Degree must have been received within five years of the appointment start date.