*Applications will be reviewed on a rolling-basis.

CDC Office and Location: A fellowship opportunity is currently available in the Division of Overdose Prevention (DOP), within the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control (NCIPC), Prevention Programs and Evaluation Branch (PPEB) at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) located in Atlanta, Georgia.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is one of the major operation components of the Department of Health and Human Services. CDC works to protect America from health, safety and security threats, both foreign and in the U.S. Whether diseases start at home or abroad, are chronic or acute, curable or preventable, human error or deliberate attack, CDC fights disease and supports communities and citizens to do the same.

CDC’s DOP leads injury prevention efforts by using science and data to understand drug overdoses and their related harms, and to develop evidence-based prevention solutions that work. Our mission is to save lives, prevent suffering, and help reduce healthcare costs. The Division’s priority is to monitor, prevent, and reduce harms associated with drug use, misuse, and overdose.

Prevention Programs and Evaluation Branch (PPEB) is a multi-disciplinary branch housed in the Division of Overdose Prevention (DOP) within the NCIPC at CDC. DOP plays a key role in supporting NCIPC’s mission to prevent overdoses and other drug-related harms. Through its programs and initiatives, DOP works with national organizations, state and local health agencies, and other partners to develop, implement, and promote effective drug overdose prevention and control practices. Drug Overdose | Injury Center | CDC

Research Project: The selected participant will be training in the Prevention Programs and Evaluations Branch (PPEB) on the Applied Prevention Science Team to support several drug overdose prevention programs with a focus on harm reduction strategies.

Learning Objectives: Under the guidance of a mentor, the participant’s training activities will be in:

Scientific Support for CDC- Funded Recipients (state and local health departments):

Train to engage funded partners to offer scientific technical assistance for harm reduction and drug overdose prevention
Intensive training experience on the intersection of science and program
Train in the development of a host of scientific products that reflect programmatic insight and experience

Coordination of Scientific Technical Assistance

Train in the management of the web-based National Harm Reduction Technical Assistance Center (NHRTAC)
Train with APST mentors to assess and make recommendations for improvement in the quality of the NHRTAC
Learn to engage directly and collaborate with external and internal stakeholders.

Mentor(s): The mentor for this opportunity is Tiffany Winston (iwj8@cdc.gov). If you have questions about the nature of the research please contact the mentor(s).

Anticipated Appointment Start Date: As soon as a qualified candidate is identified. Start date is flexible and will depend on a variety of factors.

Appointment Length: The appointment will initially be for up to one year, but may be renewed upon recommendation of CDC and is contingent on the availability of funds.

Level of Participation: The appointment is full-time.

Participant Stipend: The participant will receive a monthly stipend commensurate with educational level and experience.

Citizenship Requirements: This opportunity is available to U.S. citizens only.

ORISE Information: This program, administered by ORAU through its contract with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to manage the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE), was established through an interagency agreement between DOE and CDC. Participants do not become employees of CDC, DOE or the program administrator, and there are no employment-related benefits. Proof of health insurance is required for participation in this program. Health insurance can be obtained through ORISE.

The successful applicant(s) will be required to comply with Environmental, Safety and Health (ES&H) requirements of the hosting facility, including but not limited to, COVID-19 requirements (e.g. facial covering, physical distancing, testing, vaccination).

Questions: Please visit our Program Website. After reading, if you have additional questions about the application process please email ORISE.CDC.NCIPC@orau.org and include the reference code for this opportunity.


The qualified candidate should be currently pursuing or have received a master’s degree in one of the relevant fields. Degree must have been received within five years of the appointment start date.

Preferred Skills:

Experience or knowledge regarding public health, program administration, epidemiology, drug overdose prevention, harm reduction or a related area.
Experience with project management
A track record and other evidence of effective communication skills; and with diverse populations
Ability to collaborate with other scientific and professional staff on programmatic and surveillance activities
Scientific or technical writing experience and other evidence of effective written communication skills
Experience with developing and managing web-based content