An opportunity for evaluation professionals: CDC Evaluation Fellowship Program

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is seeking applicants for the 2018 class of the CDC Evaluation Fellowship Program. This is the eighth year of this initiative and represents a major commitment by CDC to program evaluation and program improvement. Fellows will work under the leadership of CDC’s Chief Evaluation Officer; they will be matched with CDC host programs in Atlanta, Georgia to work on program evaluation activities for/with those programs.

About the Fellowship

  • The CDC Evaluation Fellowship Program aims to expand the capacity of CDC programs to conduct evaluation and increase its usefulness and impact.
  • The Evaluation Fellowship Program signifies CDC’s dual commitment to making program evaluation a standard part of practice and to developing a cadre of professionals with the skills to make that happen. With the CDC Evaluation Fellowship, programs will have the resources, tools, and leadership to continuously improve their work.
  • Started in 2011 with an initial class of five Fellows, the Fellowship has about 15-20 Fellows each year.
  • Though the Fellowship has grown dramatically in just a few years, the Fellowship remains highly competitive, with only about 10% of applicants being selected for the Evaluation Fellowship Program.
  • The Fellowship is intended to be a two-year program, with the second year contingent on satisfactory performance and availability of funds.

About the CDC Evaluation Fellows

  • Experience: Fellows are PhD or master’s degree professionals with backgrounds in evaluation, behavioral and social sciences, public health, and other disciplines relevant to CDC’s work. Successful applicants also typically have significant experience in applied evaluation projects.
  • Placement: Fellows are based in Atlanta working within one of CDC’s programs.
  • Funding: Fellows receive a monthly stipend depending on education level and experience and, unlike many fellowships; CDC Evaluation Fellows receive substantial financial support for their training and professional development, and a supplement to offset health insurance costs.

Applying for the Fellowship

  • Applicants for the Fellowship go through an extensive selection process, including interviews with potential host programs, culminating in CDC host programs and Fellows matched based on mutual interest.
  • Candidates must have received their qualifying degree within the past 5 years.
  • Qualifying degree must be completed by end of Spring semester of the year candidate is applying and on transcript by June.
  • Fellows are brought on through the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) and are not considered full time employees of CDC during the fellowship.
  • This is a training fellowship so Fellows do not become employees of CDC.
  • Non-U.S. citizens are eligible to apply. For more information, see the ORISE Guidelines for Non-U.S. Citizens.
  • The deadline for applying to the CDC Evaluation Fellowship Program is April 13, 2018, 1 pm Eastern Time.

To apply, create a profile, complete a short survey, and upload your CV/resume here:


  • April 13: Application deadline
  • Late April: We will select and notify finalists
  • April 26-May 29: Host programs interview finalists
  • Early June: Fellow selection and notification
  • August 13: Selected Fellows must start by this date

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