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ID/EIS Fellowship Application is Now Open

Complete your EIS application and take your first step to ID/EIS fellowship!

With funding from CDC, IDSA launched a joint pilot program for ID physicians who are interested in CDC’s Epidemic Intelligence Service. The four-year pilot program streamlines a career path for applicants interested in both the ID fellowship and EIS program. The joint ID/EIS fellowship uses the existing EIS and ID fellowship applications, and applicants must apply separately to both the EIS and the ID fellowship programs.

Complete your application for EIS now and for more information, join CDC for a series of informational webinars to learn about the work and the application process.

Eleven ID fellowship programs, listed below, were selected for the first year of the ID/EIS pilot. The pilot of the joint ID/EIS fellowship will begin accepting applications from candidates in spring 2023. Learn about the ID fellowship programs, including specific opportunities, eligibility requirements, salary information and more, at the links below.

Many career opportunities are available to those who have completed both the ID and EIS fellowships. Possibilities include positions at state and local health departments, the CDC, Indian Health Service, hospital epidemiology, pharmaceutical companies, academia, and in media 

Select from the categories below to learn more about joint fellowship eligibility, the application process and upcoming informational sessions.

Applicants interested in the ID/EIS fellowship must meet both ID fellowship and EIS eligibility criteria.

  • ID fellowship requirements generally include a medical degree and postgraduate training from a medical program accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education. ID fellowship programs may have additional requirements, and applicants should check ID fellowship program websites for specific eligibility criteria.
  • Eligibility criteria for the EIS fellowship is available on CDC’s website. EIS accepts applications from U.S. citizens and permanent residents.
  • During the pilot phase, the joint fellowship will accept applications from U.S. citizens and permanent residents.

The joint ID/EIS fellowship program uses a parallel application process. The joint fellowship will follow existing application timelines for ID and EIS fellowships (EIS timeline).   

Applicants must apply separately to both the EIS and the ID fellowship programs in the same application cycle and be accepted by both programs in order to be considered for the joint ID/EIS fellowship program.  

The EIS and ID fellowship programs will independently review applications and select candidates using their separate interview and decision-making processes. Only applicants who meet standards for both programs will be accepted to the joint ID/EIS fellowship program. Acceptance to one program does not guarantee acceptance to another program or to the joint ID/EIS fellowship program. Acceptance to the EIS program does not guarantee acceptance to an ID fellowship or the joint fellowship program.  

Applicants will find out their EIS application status before completing the ranking process in NRMP for the ID Fellowship Match. Applicants can rank either the joint fellowship or traditional ID fellowship track in NRMP depending on their preference. 

Joint fellows will begin their ID fellowship program in July of the year following their application. Joint fellows will attend the EIS conference in April/May of their first year of ID fellowship. At the EIS conference, they will go through the EIS match process to determine their EIS placement. Regional field EIS placements near the ID fellowship and Atlanta-based placements are available.  

The application process occurs in parallel. Applicants must complete both the EIS application, using the EIS platform, and the ID fellowship application in ERAS. Both applications must be completed in the same cycle. For example, candidates would apply to EIS and the ID fellowship in 2023 to be considered for the joint fellowship starting in 2024.  

Information on how to prepare your EIS application is available on CDC’s website. Each ID fellowship has slightly different requirements for materials to complete an application. Check the program(s) websites for specific application requirements.  

  1. Complete your EIS application following the guidance on CDC’s website and indicate your interest in the joint fellowship program. 
  2. Complete your ID fellowship application in ERAS. Select the joint track when applying.   

The joint ID/EIS fellowship uses the existing EIS and ID fellowship program application timelines. Generally, the EIS application precedes the ID fellowship program application, so applicants will need to manage the two timelines.  

For planning purposes, the EIS fellowship application deadlines and dates for the Class of 2023 are listed on their website. Below is a general timeline of the application process for both ID and EIS fellowship programs.  

ID EIS Application Timeline


Applications for the first cohort of fellows are expected to open in early spring 2023 for placement in two-year ID programs in July 2024. This first cohort will then join the EIS Class of 2026. During the pilot stage, schedules outside of the timeline cannot be accommodated (e.g., starting an ID fellowship in September instead of July).

Joint ID/EIS fellows will be hired and paid according to the ID fellowship institution’s procedures for the first two years of the program (which may include a T32 grant for F2) and then by CDC during the EIS portion of the program. During the EIS portion of the program, joint fellows will be hired and paid by CDC, as described on its website 

Each ID fellowship program offers different salary and benefits packages. Check the website of participating ID fellowship programs to learn about the salary and benefits offered.  

The joint fellowship is designed for candidates to complete a two-year ID fellowship and immediately proceed to the EIS program, completing both within 4 years. However, circumstances may change in terms of a fellows availability to complete the programs in the planned timeline.  

If a fellow needs to take extended leave (e.g., parental or other FMLA leave), these situations will be handled on a case-by-case basis with the CDC and ID fellowship program. If a fellow takes extended leave during the ID program, they have additional time to complete their program (per ACGME compliance requirements). However, this adjustment may impact their start date for the EIS program, which can only begin in July. Extended leave requests during the EIS fellowship will be handled by CDC on a case-by-case basis.

Should an accepted fellow decide not to complete the joint fellowship, they will need to notify both their ID fellowship and CDC about their decision. If an individual chooses to not complete the ID fellowship, they will need to re-apply to the EIS program if they want to complete that program. These situations will be handled on a case-by-case basis with CDC and the ID fellowship program.

Please check back for information on future webinars. View past Q&A webinars, from Sept. 26, 2022 and Dec. 5, 2022.

Check the EIS website for planned EIS-specific webinars.

To sign up for updates on the Joint ID/EIS Fellowship Program, submit email here. Please indicate if you are a potential applicant or with an ID Fellowship program.

The joint ID/EIS fellowship pilot program is funded by a cooperative agreement with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (grant number NU50CK000574). The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is an agency within the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The information on this page does not necessarily represent the policy of CDC or HHS, and should not be considered an endorsement by the Federal Government.

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