Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education - ORISE Fellowship Program

The goal of the ORISE Fellowship program is to enhance the educational programs offered by academic institutions, strengthen the scientific and technical manpower base, transfer knowledge and technology to the academic community, and support a growing national commitment to science education.

Sponsor: Centers for Disease Control Department of Health and Human Services


The Research Participation Program for CDC, National Center for Environmental Health (NCEH) and the Division of Laboratory Sciences (DLS) provides opportunities for members of the academic community (i.e., postgraduates, students, and faculty) to participate in DLS programs, projects, and activities. The program is administered by the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE). College and university faculty, students, and post-graduates are provided opportunities for hands-on participation in research and development activities at federal laboratories. As a result of these appointments, technology is introduced (or reintroduced) into the universities and colleges and integrated into campus-based instruction and research programs. The ORISE program provides opportunities for participants to 1) continue their education in the areas of their participation, 2) enhance their professional development in science, mathematics, and engineering areas, 3) become familiar with the research areas of the federal sponsor; and 4) become available as scientists and engineers for future employment in fields related to the DLS mission.


To be eligible for the program:

1) a postgraduate participant must have received a college degree within three years of the date of appointment

2) a student participant must be enrolled in an accredited U.S. college or university

3) a faculty participant must be a full-time faculty member at an accredited U.S. college or university.

These requirements help to ensure that participants are still engaged in formal education and that the experience will enhance their personal education and skills. U.S. citizenship or permanent resident alien status is preferred. Other applicants, including established scientists interested in new training activities, will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Disciplines appropriate to the program include, but are not limited to, the physical, biological, medical, and computer sciences; engineering, and supporting disciplines.

How to Apply
For more information about the ORISE Fellowship Program, please download the information packet on the webpage: http://www.cdc.gov/nceh/dls/orise.htm