Evaluation Fellowship Program - Graduates - CDC

Updated: about 1 month ago
Location: Atlanta, GEORGIA
Deadline: 14 Mar 2021


The CDC Evaluation Fellowship Program aims to expand the capacity of CDC programs to conduct evaluation and increase its usefulness and impact. The Fellowship 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.

The Program Performance and Evaluation Office (PPEO) manages the Fellowship under the leadership of CDC’s Chief Evaluation Officer  (Dan Kidder). Fellows are placed in host programs to work on program evaluation and related activities across the agency.  With the CDC Evaluation Fellowship, programs continuously improve their work with the appropriate resources, tools, and leadership.

The Fellowship is intended to be a two-year program, with the second year being contingent on satisfactory performance and availability of funds. The Fellowship started in 2011 with an initial class of five Fellows and has grown to about 20 Fellows per cohort. The Fellowship is highly competitive with selection of about 10% of applicants each year for the Fellowship.

Fellows are doctoral or master’s degree professionals with backgrounds in evaluation, behavioral and social sciences, public health, and other disciplines relevant to evaluation and CDC’s work. Successful applicants bring diverse experiences, having worked on several applied program evaluation projects in non-profit, governmental, and/or academic settings. Once at CDC, they take on a variety of projects in areas of program evaluation, evaluation capacity building, performance monitoring, and program design.


The CDC Evaluation Fellowship Program is now accepting applications for the 2021 class (estimated start date August 15, 2021). The Fellowship Program has succeeded beyond expectations and grown since its inception. The Fellowship is intended to be 2 years and Fellows receive benefits as term employees of CDC under Title 42 training appointments. Fellows are placed in host programs across the agency working on program evaluation activities.

Additional Details:


he following are the Fellowship eligibility criteria:

  • Be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident with a green card status that is valid for at least two more years from the start of the Fellowship (mid-August).
  • Have significant applied program evaluation experience and be able to document three projects that demonstrate the depth and breadth of the evaluation experience
  • Have a doctoral or master’s level degree from an accredited academic institution in a field relevant to CDC’s work
How to Apply:

Join one of the informational webinar sessions to learn more about the program and application process, and to have your questions answered. Register to receive access info: Monday, January 25, 2021, Thursday, January 28, 2021, Monday, February 8, 2021 from 12:00 – 1:00 pm EST. Questions can be directed to CDCeval@cdc.gov

Contact e-mail: cdceval@cdc.gov

The application deadline is March 14, 2021 11:59 PM EST. Incomplete or late applications will not be considered. Only complete application packages that include all of the following will be considered:

  • Submit online applicationexternal icon . Make sure to write your responses in advance as you must complete this section in one sitting; you cannot exit and return to your survey. The specific question prompts from the application form are the following:
    • List any special skills, research topics/experience, or other areas of expertise that you have. (200 words)
    • Describe any areas of interest that you would like to develop. (200 words)
    • Briefly provide some information on your formal training (classroom or otherwise) where all or part of the focus was on program evaluation approaches, methods, techniques, etc. Be specific, although course titles for all courses are not necessary. A bulleted or numbered list is acceptable. (200 words)
    • Briefly describe up to three evaluation projects you have worked on. What was the project about and what was your role in it? (150 words for each project)
    • Please provide a short essay on your qualifications for the Evaluation Fellowship and what you would like to get out of it. (450 words)
  • Email your resume/CV, official transcripts, and copy of Green Card (if applicable) using the subject line “Application: Last Name, First Name” to CDCEval@CDC.GOV . All documents must be in English or include an official English translation.
    • Resume/CV including academic history, employment history, relevant experiences, and publication list. Please use this naming convention “LastName_FirstName_CV_Resume” for your document.
    • Transcripts: You must submit official transcripts for your qualifying degree(s). Please use this naming convention for your transcript “LastName_FirstName_Transcript_Degree”.
      • Your qualifying degree is likely your most recent and/or the one most related to the Fellowship. If you have non-STEM fields or the following degree types, please contact the Fellowship to discuss your eligibility: Master of Public Policy, Master of Art, Master of Public Health Administration, Master of Developmental Practice.
      • Transcripts must state your degree of study, courses taken, earned grades, and graduation date.
      • If the transcript is issued by a non-U.S. institution, you need to provide a certifying letter that demonstrates equivalent to USA accredited academic institution.
      • Transcripts marked “issued to student” are acceptable. If your academic institution does not have electronic official transcripts available, then please discuss with the Fellowship at CDCeval@cdc.gov .
      • Applicants who will complete their degrees in the Spring semester are also eligible to apply. Please submit your unofficial transcript by the application deadl

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