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Emerging Infectious Diseases Laboratory Fellowship Program

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The goal of the Emerging Infectious Diseases (EID) Laboratory Fellowship Program is to attract and prepare laboratory scientists for careers in public health.

The two-track program (training and research fellowships) will recruit and train qualified candidates (bachelor's and master's levels) to support public health initiatives and provide opportunities for doctoral level scientists to conduct high-priority infectious disease research in public health laboratories.

The fellowship is designed to accomplish one of CDC's defined prevention strategy goals, "strengthening local, state, and federal public health infrastructures to support surveillance and implement prevention and control programs."

This program is sponsored by the National Center for Infectious Diseases, the Public Health Practice Program Office and the Association of Public Health Laboratories.

The EID Advanced Laboratory Training fellowship Program Go to top of page

This is a one-year program designed for bachelor's- or master's-level scientists, with emphasis on the practical application of technologies, methodologies and practices related to emerging infectious diseases. All fellows will participate in an orientation session at CDC/Atlanta to gain a general understanding of the health laboratory system and how it relates to infectious disease surveillance, prevention, research and control.

Fellows will be placed within local, state, or federal (CDC) public health laboratories and receive advanced infectious disease laboratory related training. This training will be customized for each fellow based upon infectious disease areas of interest, laboratory personnel needs, and host laboratory capabilities. A specific objective-based curriculum will be developed for each fellow focusing on one or two areas such as: vaccine preventable diseases, drug-resistant pathogens, molecular methods, vector-borne or zoonotic diseases, foodborne illnesses, waterborne illnesses, sexually transmitted diseases, imported infections, computer and systems support, applications of vector or animal control, diagnostic testing methods, and instrumentation.

Additional fellowship curriculum may include:

(1) participation in a field investigation or special laboratory assignment to assist in the investigation of a disease outbreak

(2) participation in seminar series/teleconferences

(3) participation in management training courses. The host laboratory is expected to provide funding support for such activities

fellows are assigned a host laboratory mentor who will provide guidance and supervision for the duration of the fellowship.

Eligibility
Applicants must have completed a bachelor's- or master's-level degree in microbiology, chemistry, biology, virology or a related discipline and/or completed an accredited medical technologist program by program initiation. All applicants must be U.S. citizens and begin appointment at the host laboratory, as well as participate in an orientation session at CDC/Atlanta, following the program timeline.

Stipends/Benefits
The annual (2005) stipend begins $27,111 for fellows with a bachelor's degree and $30,220 for fellows with a master's degree. Medical insurance coverage is provided. Funds to travel to the host laboratory are provided. Relocation funds are not provided. Fellows will have access to limited funds for travel to professional or scientific meetings. Each fellow will receive 10 days leave and the holidays of the host laboratory.

The EID Post-Doctoral Laboratory Research fellowship Program Go to top of page

This is a two-year program designed for doctoral-level (Ph.D., M.D., D.V.M.) scientists with an emphasis on research or development in infectious diseases. fellowships will be awarded to conduct applied research or development in areas relevant to public health including, but not limited to the following:

  • Development and evaluation of diagnostic and subtyping techniques
  • Antimicrobial sensitivity and assessment of mechanisms of resistance
  • Principles and practices of vector or animal control
  • Improved methodologies for environmental sampling, testing, and evaluation

All fellows will participate in an orientation session at CDC/Atlanta to gain a general understanding of the public health laboratory system and how it relates to infectious disease surveillance, prevention, research and control. fellows are then placed within local, state, or federal (CDC) public health laboratories to conduct approved research.

Additional fellowship curriculum may include:

(1) participation in a field investigation or special laboratory assignment to assist in the investigation of a disease outbreak

(2) participation in "research in progress" and other seminar series

(3) presentation of research results at local or national meetings

(4) publication of research results in peer-reviewed journal

(5) participation in appropriate management training courses. The host laboratory is expected to provide funding support for such activities

Fellows are expected to conduct research according to the highest scientific and ethical standards, in compliance with all applicable laws, regulations, and policies regarding protection of human research subjects, humane care and use of laboratory animals, and laboratory safety.

Fellows are assigned a host laboratory mentor who will provide guidance and supervision for the duration of the fellowship.

Eligibility
Applicants must have received a Ph.D., M.D., or D.V.M. (or have completed all requirements for such a degree) prior to program initiation. Applicants must be U.S. citizens and begin appointment at the host laboratory, as well as participate in an orientation session at CDC/Atlanta, following the program timeline.

Stipends/Benefits
The annual stipend (2005) begins at $37,191. Medical insurance coverage is provided. Funds to travel to the host laboratory are provided. Relocation funds are not provided. Fellows will have access to limited funds for travel to professional or scientific meetings. Each fellow will receive 10 days leave and the holidays of the host laboratory.

Program details Go to top of page

Host Laboratories
Host laboratories are state, local, or federal (CDC) public health laboratories. The host laboratory and staff must demonstrate the ability to provide training and/or research opportunities for the appropriate duration as described by the fellowship program. Host laboratories are chosen through an application process and matched with appropriate fellows.

Mentors
These individuals are highly experienced public health laboratorians. Each mentor works at the host laboratory and is responsible for the guidance and academic, technical, and ethical development of the fellow as required by the program. The mentor will inform, instruct, and provide an example for each fellow.

Application
All applicants are required to submit one original single-sided application to APHL, Washington, DC. Supporting documents required for a complete application include official transcripts of undergraduate and/or graduate records, and three completed recommendation forms with letters. A resume is required. The deadline for receipt of application is found in the program timeline. Applicants will receive acknowledgment of application receipt.

Evaluation/Selection
Applications are reviewed by the EID Fellowship Program selection committee and approved based upon

  • Education and experience of the candidate
  • Reasons for participation in the fellowship program
  • Letters of recommendation
  • Career goals

Top-ranked applicants will be interviewed by the selection committee at CDC/Atlanta. Transportation and one day's lodging for interview sessions are provided if necessary. Applicants must participate in the scheduled interview session. The selection committee will select finalists following the interview sessions.

Fellow selection will be nondiscriminatory with respect to race, color, creed, age, gender, national origin; appropriate consideration will be given to the physically handicapped.

Assignments
Fellows prioritize their preferences for host laboratory placement. Fellows cannot receive an assignment at a host laboratory of current/recent employment. The selection committee cannot guarantee fellows will be assigned to their first choice. While preferences are considered, fellows may be placed in laboratories based on program needs.

How to Apply Go to top of page

Applications may be downloaded from http://www.aphl.org.

Applications may be requested from:

EID Laboratory fellowship Program
APHL
2025 M Street NW, Suite 550
Washington, DC. 20036
Telephone: 202-822-5227
Fax: 202-887-5098
E
mail: fellowships@aphl.org

A complete application consists of the following items:

  • EID Laboratory Fellowship Application Form
  • Resume
  • Two-page narrative of reasons for participation in the program and how this training will be used in future work
  • Areas of training or research interest
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Official transcripts of undergraduate/graduate work

Applications that are incomplete or received after the deadline date will not be considered.

About APHL Go to top of page

The Association of Public Health Laboratories is a professional association which links local, state and national health leaders in order to promote a healthier world through quality laboratory practice. APHL's mission is "to promote the role of public health laboratories in support of national and global health objectives, and to promote policies and programs which assure continuous improvement in the quality of laboratory practice."

To fulfill this mission APHL, in cooperation with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), administers the National Laboratory Training Network; develops conferences which encourage laboratory scientists to discuss and debate critical and urgent laboratory issues; works with public and private organizations to advance analytical testing standards; works with federal and state health leaders to enhance electronic exchange of important health information; publishes conference proceedings, training manuals, videotapes and consensus reports; and provides ongoing international public health laboratory development initiatives.

About NCID/CDC Go to top of page

The mission of the National Center for Infectious Diseases (NCID) is "to prevent unnecessary illness, disability, and death caused by infectious diseases in the United States and around the world."

To accomplish its mission, NCID collaborates with state and local health departments and other organizations to conduct surveillance, epidemic investigations, epidemiologic studies, and applied laboratory research to develop and evaluate prevention strategies for infectious diseases.

About PHPPO/CDC Go to top of page

The mission of the Public Health Practice Program Office (PHPPO) is "to strengthen the public health system by developing human resources, improving the organizations effectiveness of local and state health agencies, conducting research in public health practice, and enhancing CDC's ability to communicate health information."

Year 2005 schedule and deadlines Go to top of page

February 18, 2005
Deadline for receipt of completed fellowship applications to APHL. Applications received after this date will not be considered.

May 9, 2005
All applicants notified of status

June 13-14, 2005
Interview/Information session at CDC/Atlanta

August 9-12, 2005
Orientation session at CDC/Atlanta

By September 13, 2005
Training fellows must report to host laboratory assignment

August 2005-February 2006
Research fellows may negotiate a start date August 15, 2005- February 28, 2006.

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