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The ORISE Research Participation Programs at the CDC are educational and training programs designed to provide college students, recent graduates, and university faculty opportunities to participate in project-specific CDC research, current public health research, and developmental activities.

Because of the educational nature of these programs, participants must fall into one of the following categories:

  • Be currently enrolled in an accredited college or university pursuing a degree in a science or engineering discipline, or a related public health discipline (such as economics or health communications); or
  • Have received such a degree within five years of the start date of the appointment; or
  • Currently serve as a full-time faculty member at an accredited college or university.

Appointments will be made for up to one year, and may be renewed subject to project needs and funding availability. For those who have a bachelor’s degree or higher at the start of the appointment, participation is limited to a total of five years from the initial start date, inclusive of breaks. An undergraduate student may remain in the program for a total of four years while obtaining a bachelor’s degree. Once the bachelor’s degree is conferred, the individual is eligible for up to five additional years calculated from the new post-bachelor’s appointment start date.

Generally, participants are not required to hold U.S. citizenship. However, a few CDC offices may only appoint U.S. citizens due to the sensitive nature of the research performed. Any such restrictions will be clearly stated in the project description. For more information on eligibility requirements for non-U.S. citizens, please see Guidelines for Non-U.S. Citizens.

More About Faculty Appointments

The faculty component of the ORISE Research Participation Program provides research training and educational opportunities at CDC facilities to qualified faculty. The goal of the program is to link the CDC’s technologies with the academic community through college and university faculty; enhance the education programs offered by academic institutions; transfer CDC’s knowledge and technology to the academic community; and support the national commitment to science education. All ORISE Research Participation appointments enable faculty members to broaden their professional outlook beyond the classroom to the application of laboratory research.

To be eligible for a faculty appointment, the applicant must currently serve as a full-time faculty member at an accredited college or university. The length of the faculty appointment may vary, with summer appointments for up to three months and sabbatical appointments for up to one year. Faculty appointments are served at a CDC facility under the direction of a research mentor. Stipends for faculty participants are based upon their regular university salary and paid directly to the university.