ASPH, in collaboration with the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), announces a new cycle of fellowship opportunities for students and recent graduates of ASPH-member, accredited schools of public health. The ASPH/EPA Environmental Health Fellowship Program offers outstanding opportunities for early-career public health professionals by enabling them to train at EPA on high-priority environmental, public health issues. ASPH/EPA fellows work closely with nationally recognized experts within the premier environmental health agency in the world. EPA leads the nation’s environmental science, research, education and assessment efforts, and works to protect our health and our environment.
The 2009 application cycle for the ASPH/EPA Environmental Health Fellowship Program offers multiple opportunities for public health fellows in laboratories, offices, and centers throughout EPA. The majority of fellows will be placed within EPA headquarters in Washington, DC, with additional opportunities at regional EPA labs and offices throughout the country. Fellowships are full-time opportunities for a period of one to two years, with an expected start date of September 2009.
To date, more than 52 fellows have successfully participated in the program. A recent ASPH/EPA fellow noted, “I truly believe that the most important thing I got out of my fellowship was a set of real world skills. In school, I learned about theory and subject matter and academia. At EPA, I learned how to use that knowledge.”
In addition, fellows actively participate in projects of mutual interest. The experience prepares individuals to influence the future of environmental health and accelerate their own career development. As noted by a former ASPH/EPA fellow, “My experience as an ASPH fellow was invaluable to my development as a public health professional. Ultimately, the fellowship provided me with the opportunity to work within a federal agency, which progressed to a full-time federal position within EPA as a health scientist.”
Students receiving an MPH or doctorate prior to the beginning of the fellowship (no later than August 2009) and early career professionals with MPH or doctorates (within five years of graduation) are eligible to apply for the fellowship program. Applicants must be students/graduates of an ASPH-member graduate school of public health accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health. (A full list of accredited ASPH-member schools can be accessed via the ASPH website at www.asph.org/document.cfm?page=200). Applicants must also be U.S. citizens or hold a visa permitting permanent residence in the U.S. (i.e., have a U.S. “green card”) to be eligible for the fellowship program.
Key Information and Application Instructions
Detailed program information, the Request for Applications (RFA), and all application instructions can be accessed on the ASPH web site. Complete applications must be submitted to ASPH no later than midnight (Eastern) on Monday, February 2, 2009. Questions may be directed via email to ASPH Graduate Training Programs at TrainingPrograms@asph.org.