ASM/CDC Program in Infectious Disease and Public Health Microbiology Postdoctoral Research Fellowship

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Deadline: January 15, 2016

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The program is sponsored by the American Society for Microbiology (ASM) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The goal of ASM/CDC Fellowship is to support the development of new approaches, methodologies and knowledge in infectious disease prevention and control in areas within the public health mission of the CDC. The fellowship allows one to perform research in residence headquartered at a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) location. Eligible fields of study include:

  • Bacterial and Mycotic Diseases
  • Viral and Rickettsial Infections
  • Nosocomial Infections
  • Vector-borne Infectious Diseases  
  • Parasitic Diseases

The Fellowship provides an annual stipend (up to $47,032), health benefits (up to $3000 annually) for a maximum of 2 years, relocation benefits (up to $500), and (up to $2000 annually) for professional development for a maximum of 2 years.

The program is intended for individuals who either earned their doctorate degree or completed a primary residency within three years of their proposed start date. Applicants may not have a faculty position or be enrolled in a graduate degree program during the fellowship. Considerations will be given to individuals with more experience if there are compelling reasons. Qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to race, creed, color, age, sex, or national origin.

  • For foreign national applicants (only): If you are not a US citizen or permanent resident, you must provide evidence of a valid J-1 visa prior to starting your tenure at the CDC. The ASM/CDC Postdoctoral Research Fellowship Program supports only the J-1 visa.

Pre-Application Requirements

Collaboration with Principal Scientist: Before initiating an the online application, identify a research project and preceptor listed in the Opportunities for Research and Principal Scientist Listing. As soon as possible, communicate and/or work with the Principal Scientist (Preceptor) in developing your research plan. Collaboration is required before submitting your application, and must be verified by the Principal Scientist after submission. Applications submitted without Principal Scientist collaboration will be disqualified.

Letters of Recommendation (minimum of 3 required): All Recommendations are due on January 15, 2016; so contact your recommenders in advance of submitting your application. Remind your recommender to submit his/her ranking in the letter of support. Applications will not be reviewed without the documented ranking.

Criteria for Selection

Applications are reviewed for (i) scientific merit and training potential of the research proposal, (ii) training resources and environment from the identified preceptor, and (iii) congruence with the Centers for Diseases public health mission.

Notification Process for 2016 Applicants

  • Late February 2016 - Notification for Ineligible and Disqualified Applicants
  • Early May 2016 - Award Notification Letters for Top Candidates

January 15th

The online application is available by clicking here.

ASM/CDC Postdoctoral Research Fellowship Program
Education Department
American Society for Microbiology
1752 N Street, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20036
(202) 942-9283