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Evaluation Fellowship Programme: Call for Applications

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The Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) seeks applicants for the 2018 class of the CDC Evaluation Fellowship Programme. This is the 8th year of this initiative, and represents a major commitment by CDC to programme evaluation and programme improvement. Fellows work under the leadership of CDC’s Chief Evaluation Officer; they will be matched with CDC host programmes in Atlanta, Georgia to work on programme evaluation activities for/with those programmes.

About the fellowship

  • The CDC Evaluation Fellowship Programme aims to expand the capacity of CDC programmes to conduct evaluation and increase its usefulness and impact.
  • The Evaluation Fellowship Programme signifies CDC’s dual commitment to making programme evaluation a standard part of practice and to developing a cadre of professionals with the skills to make that happen. With the CDC Evaluation Fellowship, programmes will have the resources, tools, and leadership to continuously improve their work.
  • Started in 2011 with an initial class of 5 Fellows, the Fellowship has about 15–20 Fellows each year.
  • Though the Fellowship has grown dramatically in just a few years, the Fellowship remains highly competitive, with only about 10% of applicants being selected for the Evaluation Fellowship Programme.
  • The Fellowship is intended to be a two-year programme, with the second year contingent on satisfactory performance and availability of funds.

About the CDC evaluation fellows

  • Experience – Fellows are PhD or master’s degree professionals with backgrounds in evaluation, behavioural and social sciences, public health, and other disciplines relevant to CDC’s work. Successful applicants also typically have significant experience in applied evaluation projects.
  • Placement – Fellows are based in Atlanta working within one of CDC’s programmes.
  • Funding –  Fellows receive a monthly stipend depending on education level and experience and, unlike many fellowships; CDC Evaluation Fellows receive substantial financial support for their training and professional development, and a supplement to offset health insurance costs.

Applying for the fellowship

  • Applicants for the Fellowship go through an extensive selection process, including interviews with potential host programmes, culminating in CDC host programmes and Fellows matched based on mutual interest.
  • Candidates must have received their qualifying degree within the past 5 years.
  • Qualifying degree must be completed by end of Spring semester of the year candidate is applying and on transcript by June.
  • Fellows are brought on through the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) and are not considered full-time employees of CDC during the fellowship.
  • This is a training fellowship so Fellows do not become employees of CDC.
  • Non-US citizens are eligible to apply. For more information, see the ORISE Guidelines for Non-US citizens.
  • The deadline for applying to the CDC Evaluation Fellowship Programme is 13 April 2018, 1pm EST.
  • To apply, create a profile, complete a short survey, and upload your CV/resume here.


  • 28 February 28: Informational Webinar
  • 13 April:  Application deadline
  • Late April: We will select and notify finalists
  • 26 April– 29 May: Host programmes interview finalists
  • Early June: Fellow selection and notification
  • 13 August: Selected Fellows must start by this date

Don’t miss our 2018 Informational Webinar.  Want to learn more about the CDC Evaluation Fellowship Program, the criteria for applicants, and the application process in general? Register now for our 2018 Informational Webinar (28 February 11am–12pm EST). 

2018 Informational webinar

  • Who should attend? – Individuals who are interested in applying to the CDC Evaluation Fellowship programme and who still have questions after reviewing our website should attend this session.
  • What will we discuss during the webinar?  – We will provide more detailed information about the Programme, the criteria for applicants, and the application process in general.
  • When is the webinar? 28 February 2018, 11am – 12pm EST.
    Where will the session be held? –  Online. We will follow-up with you via email once you register on how to access the webinar link.
  • Why should you attend? We will address common questions we receive from potential applicants to provide further clarification on the application process and the fellowship in general.

Register now

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