The Public Health Informatics Fellowship Program (PHIFP) provides on-the-job training for professionals to apply expertise in information science, computer science, and information technology to address current and future informatics needs. While working in CDC programs to enhance our agency’s informatics workforce, fellows help state and local health departments and international public health agencies solve complex public health informatics challenges.
- Computer science
- Information systems
- Information technology
- Information science
- Public health informatics
- Health care
- Health services
- This fellowship is paid. Those holding a doctoral level degree who begin their fellowship program in the Classes of 2018 and beyond are paid the equivalent of a GS 12, Step 3 salary (USD68,790).
- Those holding a master’s level degree are paid the equivalent of a GS 11, Step 3 salary (USD11,393)
- Fellows may be eligible for a salary increase after one year of appointment, based on performance and written recommendation by appropriate management officials.
Statement of grades: Your application requires copies of unofficial transcripts for all earned degrees or qualifying degrees in progress.If you are accepted into the program, CDC must receive your official transcript by March 31 of the fellowship year.
Recommendation Letter: Three letters of recommendation are required from persons familiar with your academic achievements, aspirations, personal qualities, and professional attributes.Persons writing letters should typically be current or former supervisors or professors. Avoid requesting letters from colleagues or friends.Recommendations must be specific to the PHIFP application, written in English, placed on official letterhead, signed and dated within six months prior to date submitted.
personal statement: Write your personal statement (in essay form) by answering these questions: What are your career plans after graduating from PHIFP? Why? How will PHIFP help you fulfill these plans? How will PHIFP complement you previous training and experience?
How to apply?
First Step: Prepare the following before you begin
- Review eligibility (Citizenship: Non-U.S. citizens must be legal permanent residents or eligible for J1, TN, H-1B, or OPT-EAD (STEM Extension) visas prior to the program’s start date. Verify that you are not a citizen of a country designated as a state sponsor of terrorism per this U.S. Department of State’s website: State Sponsors of Terrorismexternal icon (Syria and Sudan).
- Update your CV and have the following information ready for application prompts: contact information; education; training and skills; work and volunteer experience; publications, presentations, and grants; honors and awards.
- Write your personal statement (in essay form) by answering these questions:
- What are your career plans after graduating from PHIFP? Why?
- How will PHIFP help you fulfill these plans?
- How will PHIFP complement you previous training and experience?
- Identify three but not more than five people to write letters of recommendation on your behalf.
- Obtain copies of transcripts for all qualifying degrees.
Second Step: Complete the Online Application
The application will ask for your:
- Contact information
- Post-graduate training and skills
- Work and volunteer experience
- Publications, presentations, and grants
- Honors and awards
- Personal statement (in essay form) of 1,000 words or less
- Applicant survey
You will provide supporting materials:
- Three letters of recommendation
- Unofficial college or university transcripts
Third Step: Complete all sections of the application.