*Applications will be reviewed on a rolling-basis.

CDC Office and Location: Eight fellowship opportunities are currently available in the Division of Overdose Prevention (DOP) of the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control (NCIPC) at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) 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 Division of Overdose Prevention (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.

Research Project: Joining DOP, the selected participant will train in the State Program Implementation Branch. As part of our efforts to support the mission and goals of CDC’s opioid overdose and broader drug overdose prevention work, we fund 66 jurisdictions as part of Overdose Data to Action Cooperative agreement. Funding is to support recipients in getting high quality, comprehensive, and timelier data on overdose morbidity and mortality, and to use those data to inform prevention efforts. This Public Health Administration and Implementation Science Fellowship will be an excellent opportunity for selected participants interested in acquiring training and experience in the domain of science in service of program implementation.

The training activities will align with the surveillance and prevention activities under the Overdose Data to Action cooperative agreement. Under the guidance of a mentor, the participant’s training activities will be in developing systems and infrastructure to support science and evaluation programs and using research findings to develop action-oriented program recommendations.

Learning Objectives: Scientific Support for CDC-Funded recipients: This will be a rich learning experience including understanding standard surveillance epidemiology and prevention and implementation science more broadly. Our program is committed to ensuring that all programmatic work is informed by the best available science, and that we leverage programmatic insight to shape future scientific agendas

Train to engage directly funded partners to offer scientific technical assistance (under a health scientist mentorship- CDC FTE) for Overdose Prevention.
Intensive training experience on the intersection of science and program.
Development of Scientific and Programmatic Products:Train in the development of a host of scientific products that reflect programmatic insight and experience.
Train in the development of programmatic resources and reports, peer-reviewed publications, and internal scientific support products.

Mentor(s): The mentor(s) for this opportunity is Jamie Mells (yem4@cdc.gov). If you have questions about the nature of the research please contact the mentor(s).

Anticipated Appointment Start Date: December 1, 2022.  Start date is flexible and will depend on a variety of factors.

Appointment Length: The appointment will initially be for 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, Lawful Permanent Residents (LPR), and foreign nationals. Non-U.S. citizen applicants should refer to the Guidelines for Non-U.S. Citizens Details page of the program website for information about the valid immigration statuses that are acceptable for program participation.

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 have received a master’s or doctoral level degree in one of the relevant fields (e.g. Public Health, Public Administration, Biomedical Science), or be currently pursuing one of the degrees with completion before January 1, 2023. 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 and prevention or a related area
Experience or knowledge related to public policy research
A track record of scientific productivity exemplified by scientific publications and other evidence of effective written communication skills
Ability to collaborate with other scientific and professional staff on surveillance activities
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