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CDC Health Equity Fellowship

CDC Office and Location: A fellowship opportunity is available with the Office of Laboratory Science and Safety (OLSS) at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), in Atlanta, Georgia.

The mission of OLSS is to strengthen the culture of laboratory science and safety through leadership, collaboration, and continual quality improvement and is comprised of the Office of the Director, the Office of Laboratory Science and the Office of Laboratory Safety. OLSS leads CDC through the complexities of laboratory science and safety, promotes the continual improvement of laboratory quality, acts as points of communication and collaboration, defines policy and compliance, and provides training and growth opportunities for over 1,700 scientists, in over 200 laboratories in 8 domestic CDC locations. 

Research ProjectThe OLSS Health Equity fellow will facilitate OLSS’ Health Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Committee that was established in April 2021 in support of CDC’s vision to cultivate an equitable, diverse, and inclusive work environment. Specifically, the committee coordinates and promotes innovative approaches and training that reflects health equity, diversity and inclusion principles and best practices for both OLSS staff and the CDC laboratory community. As chair of the committee, the individual will also be responsible for OLSS achieving its CORE health equity goals and the reporting of related milestones and accomplishments, as well as represent OLSS on cross-agency and interagency health equity committees and initiatives. The OLSS Health Equity Fellow will assist in accelerating OLSS’ progress related to health equity and will work to expand organizational capacity to address health inequities in addition to increasing the visibility of health equity activities in OLSS and across CDC’s laboratory activities. 

Learning Objectives: Under the guidance of a mentor, the participant will train with staff on opportunities that may include:

  • Participating in quantitative and qualitative data development, review, and analysis related to laboratory health equity initiatives both within the OLSS and across the CDC laboratory community
  • Analyzing data on health equity science and developing reports, guidance, and planning documents that help to define health equity activities for laboratory science at CDC
  • Supporting quality and safety components of CDC’s laboratory workforce that encompass health equity
  • Participating in collaborative engagement with health equity science teams and contributing to projects that focus on different aspects of CDC’s overall CORE Health Equity Initiative; working across partners to ensure alignment and reporting key initiatives and progress in coordination with the OLSS Science and Communications Senior leadership.  

Mentor(s)The mentor for this opportunity is Kim Hummel ( If you have questions about the nature of the research please contact the mentor(s).

Anticipated Appointment Start Date: August 1, 2022. Start date is flexible.

Appointment LengthThe 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 ParticipationThe appointment is full-time.

Participant StipendThe participant will receive a monthly stipend commensurate with educational level and experience.

Citizenship RequirementsThis 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 InformationThis 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 and include the reference code for this opportunity.


The qualified candidate should be currently pursuing or have received a master's or doctoral degree in one of the relevant fields. Degree must have been received within the past five years.