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Joint ID/EIS Fellowship - New Opportunity!

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Interested in how to apply ID training to being a CDC disease detective? IDSA, with funding provided by CDC, has created a joint infectious diseases and CDC Epidemic Intelligence Service fellowship pilot program for ID physicians. The four-year pilot program streamlines a career path for applicants interested in both the ID fellowship and EIS program. Learn more and begin planning for this new opportunity.


Funded by CDC, the joint ID/EIS fellowship pilot program seeks to develop future public health leaders through an exciting new career opportunity. The joint fellowship program combines the ID fellowship and CDC EIS program, offering a structured opportunity for ID physicians to expand their training in public health and global health.

The ID/EIS fellowship program begins with a two-year ID fellowship then continues with the two-year EIS program. During the EIS program, joint fellows will directly address public health threats, working either in field locations at state and local public health departments or at the CDC headquarters in Atlanta.

Eleven ID fellowship programs, listed below, are participating in the first year of the ID/EIS pilot and will begin accepting applications from candidates in spring 2023 to start the fellowship in July 2024.

Let's Talk ID | President's Podcast

The ID/EIS joint fellowship streamlines a career path for applicants interested in both the ID fellowship and EIS program. In this episode, IDSA President Carlos del Rio, MD, FIDSA speaks with Molly Paras, MD, Program Director of Massachusetts General Hospital/Brigham and Women’s Hospital Infectious Diseases Fellowship and Eric Pevzner, MD Chief of the Epidemiology and Laboratory Workforce Branch in the Division of Workforce Development at CDC about the new opportunity and the value it will bring to public health.

Benefits of the Joint ID/EIS Fellowship Program

There are several benefits to the Joint ID/EIS Fellowship program for applicants:

  1. Applicants will apply to the EIS and ID fellowship programs at the same time. One application period can inform career plans for 4 years.
  2. EIS field placements will generally be available near the ID fellowship program locations, so joint fellows do not have to relocate. CDC will guarantee an EIS placement in Atlanta if the joint fellow prefers, or if a field placement near the ID program is not possible.
  3. Joint fellows can incorporate their EIS plans into research and training activities during the ID fellowship.

Pilot 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. Each year a new cohort will be welcomed into the joint fellowship by beginning an ID fellowship.

Joint ID-EIS Pilot Timeline

Information for Joint ID/EIS Applicants

This new opportunity pairs an ID fellowship with the EIS program. For the first year of the pilot, 11 ID fellowship programs were selected to participate in the pilot. Learn about the programs and the application process.

Information for ID Fellowship Programs

The competitive application process to become part of the joint fellowship has closed for calendar year 2023. Selected ID fellowship programs will be notified in June 2023.

IDSA and CDC expect to expand the number of participating programs in future years. Another competitive application process is expected to open early in the 2024 calendar year for ID fellowship programs to apply to begin accepting joint fellowship candidate applications in 2025.

 Learn more about how ID fellowship programs can become part of the joint ID/EIS fellowship in future years.

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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