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The Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA), the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology Association (SHEA), and the Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society (PIDS) are pleased to announce the Leaders in Epidemiology, Antimicrobial Stewardship and Public Health (LEAP) Fellowship Award


2019 Request for Applications

Four grants of $100,000 will be awarded to Infectious Disease Fellows or early career clinical ID physicians (MD, DO, or foreign equivalent degree) that will help to foster a bridge and collaborative endeavors between academic institutions and local public health departments.

Key Dates

  • On-line Application Process Opens: December 16, 2019
  • Application Deadline: February 1st 2020 – Midnight Pacific; no exceptions permitted.
  • Notice of Award: March 9th, 2020
  • Award Start Date: July 1, 2020
  • Award Completion Date: June 30, 2021

Program Description

Modern public health faces immense challenges. The specters of antimicrobial resistance and emerging infectious diseases require increasingly close coordination between health departments and healthcare facilities. Infectious Diseases (ID) physicians are often called upon to be the critical link in these relationships; however, they are often inexperienced in working with public health agencies. To address this need, the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA), the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America (SHEA), and the Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society (PIDS), have joined together to create the Leaders in Epidemiology, Antimicrobial stewardship, and Public health (LEAP) fellowship. Sponsored by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, this fellowship aims to foster the next generation of Infectious Diseases leaders with interdisciplinary expertise in the integration of healthcare epidemiology, antimicrobial stewardship, and public health through hands-on experience with experts in these areas.

2019 Application Documents for Academic Year 2020-2021.

The following are links and downloads to  the  2019 LEAP Fellowship Application documents.  Please read the eligibility criteria first.

Read the Eligibility Criteria 

Download the Individual Development Plan

Download the Project Proposal Template

Download the NIH Biosketch Template

Example Application Materials

The following are LINKS to the 2018 Application Documents.  These documents will be REVISED AND SHOULD NOT BE USED for the 2019 application process.  They are only provided as examples of the previous year’s Fellowship.  New (2019) application materials will be posted next month.”

FINAL Biosketch Example DO NOT USE.pdf

FINAL Biosketch Template DO NOT USE.pdf

FINAL Brief Individual Development Plan Template DO NOT USE.pdf

FINAL Eligiblity Application Do NOT USE.pdf

FINAL Project Proposal Template DO NOT USE.pdf

LEAP Fellows and SHEA Leadership at 2019 SHEA Spring Meeting


The LEAP Fellowship commenced on July 1, 2018 and will last one year. The Fellowship is for early career infectious diseases physicians - those in their second or third year of fellowship or up to two years post fellowship.

LEAP Fellowship Hiatus for the 2019-2020 Academic Year

The Fellowship will not be opening for applications or training Fellows for the 2019-2020 academic year. We apologize to all whose plans or expectations may be frustrated by this announcement, it was not a decision made lightly. It is our hope that the program will be back up and running in time for recruitment for the 2020-2021 academic year. Please look out for a program update regarding the timeline for new applications in the Fall/Winter of 2019.

For more information, contact Michele Wagner, at:  

Societal Leadership Weighs In

IDSA : “I am proud that we have partnered with SHEA and PIDS along with the CDC who is sponsoring LEAP so that infectious disease fellows or early career clinical ID physicians may gain experience and tools to foster collaboration between academic institutions and public health departments. With antimicrobial resistance a more pressing concern then ever, we wish the awardees success during their fellowship and look to their future for inspired leadership in stewardship, epidemiology and public health.” – Paul Auwaerter, MBA, MD, FIDSA, President of IDSA

SHEA: “The ability to effectively share knowledge and experience among professionals in public health, infection prevention and antibiotic stewardship and to form fruitful collaborative partnerships is critical in improving patient care and reducing antimicrobial resistance. By offering research support and professional opportunities, the Leadership in Epidemiology, Antimicrobial Stewardship, and Public health (LEAP) Fellowship will help to train future leaders in healthcare epidemiology. We are extremely excited to join IDSA and PIDS in awarding these inaugural LEAP Fellowships,” – Keith Kaye, MD, MPH, president of SHEA

PIDS: “The LEAP fellowships recognize outstanding young ID physicians who are poised to become leaders in public health, hospital epidemiology and antimicrobial stewardship. The Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society (PIDS) is excited to be a part of the inaugural LEAP fellowship awards, and would like to congratulate the four awardees. This is an area of great importance to the future of ID and to the health of our nation.”– Paul W. Spearman, MD, FPIDS

For more information on the LEAP Fellowship, please contact, Michele Wagner, MPH, LEAP Fellowship Project Manager at

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