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APHL-CDC Laboratory Fellowship Programs

APHL-CDC laboratory fellowship programs prepare scientists for impactful careers in public health laboratory science while working collaboratively with industry leaders and developing professional networks.

APHL and the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) partner to offer a variety of laboratory fellowship programs to train and prepare scientists for careers in public health laboratories and support public health initiatives.

These experiential fellowship programs offer a competency-based core curriculum, while allowing fellows to gain a depth of understanding about a particular focus area. Fellowships range from one to two years, depending on the fellowship and funding availability.

Learn More

What are APHL laboratory fellowships? Watch a short video to learn more about the fellowship experience.​

Which fellowship is right for you? Review an outline of the programs, their application requirements and more.

What have past fellowship projects looked like? Learn more about the most recent cohort of fellowship projects, fellows’ backgrounds and future plans with Focus on Fellows.

Application Process

1. Create Account

If you do not have an account with APHL, please create account now.

2. Log in

Log in to the submission portal by clicking on the log in button on the right side of this page, then enter your email address and password.

3. Create

Create your online application. You will be required to select the program you are applying for.

4. Save

During the entry period, your entry can be saved as a DRAFT until all the required information is completed and attachments are uploaded. As each section is complete, you will see it appear in the entry form tab when the application is saved.

5. Submit

On completion, save your entry as FINAL. Once it is submitted as FINAL, you will not be able to make further updates to your entry, so please ensure you read through your submission, check that all uploaded materials are correct, and your references have been submitted.

Please contact with any questions or if you need assistance with your entries.

Frequently Asked Questions

Getting Started

  • How do I begin?
    Review the information on the tabs. Then click Login or Create an Account if you do not have one and begin the submission process.
  • Do I have to be an APHL Member to apply for a fellowship?
  • What if I don't remember if I have an APHL Account?
    You can try to reset your password. If an account is found, you will receive an email notification with a link to reset your password. Otherwise,  you will see a message on the screen letting you know that an account with the email address does not exist, in which case, you must create an account.
  • Who should I contact if I have questions?
    Please c​​​heck the About APHL-CDC Fellowship and Internship Programs​ and program-specific webpages for more information. If you have further​ questions, please email

Applying for a Fellowship

  • I am not a US citizen. Can I apply for the fellowship?
    This program is open only to US citizens and permanent residents. Proof of citizenship or permanent residency is a required part of the application process.
  • Can I apply for more than one fellowship?
    Yes, applications can be cloned to other fellowship programs. However, once cloned, each application must be submitted as Final separately.
  • Can I submit my application even if my references have not been received yet?
    No, all your references must be received before you can submit your application as Final.
  • Who are the program mentors?
    Mentors are highly experienced public health laboratorians who guide and direct the fellow for the duration of the program. The mentors work at the host laboratory and are responsible for the academic, technical and ethical development of the fellow.
  • Who should write the letters of recommendation for my application?
    Ideally your letters of recommendation should be written by individuals who can comment on your laboratory skills and interests, such as science professors or laboratory supervisors. Non-science professor and other employers are also acceptable references.
  • I will not have finished my degree by the application deadline. Can I ​still apply?
    Yes, you do not have to have completed your degree by the application deadline. However, the degree must be completed by the time the fellowship begins. Please note the expected award date of your degree in the program application.
  • What is the criteria by which my application will be reviewed?
    Each complete application will be reviewed by several members of the selection committee which includes representatives from APHL, its member laboratories, CDC staff and affiliates, and previous program mentors and fellows. Applications are evaluated based on academic achievement, work experience, career goals, and letters of recommendation.

Applying to Become a Fellowship Host Laboratory

  • Does a mentor need to meet any qualifications?
    Yes, please see list below
    • Hold a supervisory level position.
    • Have research or training experience/goals complimentary to the fellow’s project.
    • Be available and accessible for the duration of the program.
    • Meet weekly with the fellow to review progress.
    • Provide a realistic appraisal of the fellow’s goals and performance, based on objectives agreed upon at the beginning of the assignment.
    • Provide constructive criticism and enthusiastic support to the fellow.
    • Provide quarterly reports to APHL fellowship leads on the fellow’s performance in the laboratory and on their progress with the designated project.
  • How many projects can a mentor submit?
    Up to three projects.
  • Is there a limit of mentors that can apply per lab?
  • If more than one employee from a laboratory want to apply to be mentors, do they fill out the same application?
    No. Each employee / proposed mentor must submit a separate host lab application.

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