The CDC Evaluation Fellowship is managed by CDC’s Program Performance and Evaluation Office (PPEO) under the leadership of CDC’s Chief Evaluation Officer. The Fellowship is intended to be a two- year program, with the second year being contingent on satisfactory performance and availability of funds. Fellows are placed in host programs to work on program evaluation and related activities across the agency. The Evaluation Fellowship offers a unique training opportunity with clear expectations and supportive resources, including professional development funds provided by the host program. In this experiential learning model, Fellows learn evaluation skills working in their host program while helping their host program build, expand, and/or improve their evaluation activities.
Fellows are hired under Title 42 training Fellowship appointments as term employees for the two years of the Fellowship. Fellows’ education and experience must meet the requirements of the U.S. Office of Personnel Management’s (OPM’s) requirements for the health science (0601) or behavioral science (0101) occupational series to be hired.
Fellow’s salary is based on their education level (based on the qualifying degree) and experience. CDC Human Resources Office determines the Fellow’s salary and salary is non-negotiable because this is a training program. Salaries start at a base rate comparable to the OPM’s Federal Government General Schedule (GS) base pay rate. All Fellows start at Step 1 of the GS level. Fellows with a master’s degree and no work experience start at equivalent pay rate of GS-9, step 1. Fellows with a master’s degree and at least a year of relevant full-time work experience start at GS-11, step 1. Fellows with a doctoral degree start at the GS-12, step 1 level. Fellows will be eligible for a performance-based step increase in the second year.
Fellows receive significant financial support for professional development and CDC employee benefits (e.g., medical insurance, sick and vacation leave).
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