Vaccine Science Fellowship--Department of Health and Human Services

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Vaccine Science Fellowship--Department of Health and Human Services


U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)


Office of Secretary for Health/Office of Assistant Secretary for Health (OS/OASH)

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How To Apply


A complete application consists of:

All documents must be in English or include an official English translation.

If you have questions, send an email to Please include the reference code for this opportunity in your email.

Academic Levels

  • Post-Master's


A fellowship opportunity is available in the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health, US Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS).

The participant will assist with the Immunization Safety Task Force (ISTF) on immunization safety related activities that include but are not limited to overseeing the federal immunization safety system and identifying gaps in the system that could be addressed by the National Vaccine Program Office (NVPO), keeping the task force updated on the latest vaccine safety issues that might need to be discussed, and, obtaining feedback from the immunization safety task force representatives on additional research needs and working towards improving the system overall.


The participant will also assist with evaluating the methodology that is used to survey the safety of vaccinations administered during pregnancy, and participating as an advisor in current research projects aimed to improve vaccine safety in teenagers.

The participant will also have the opportunity to be involved in developing new research initiatives such as studying the global landscape of vaccine development and vaccine innovations in the U.S.

This program, administered by ORAU through its contract with the U.S. Department of Energy to manage the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education, was established through an interagency agreement between DOE and DHHS. The initial appointment is for one year, but may be renewed upon recommendation of DHHS contingent on the availability of funds. The participant will receive a monthly stipend commensurate with educational level and experience. Proof of health insurance is required for participation in this program. The appointment is full-time at DHHS in the Washington D.C., area. Participants do not become employees of DHHS or the program administrator, and there are no fringe benefits paid.


  • Master in Public Health or PhD, preferably with experience in either vaccine preventable infectious diseases research or vaccine development (pre-clinical or clinical research).
  • Experience in pre-licensure or post-licensure vaccine or drug monitoring is also welcome.
  • Infectious diseases research or epidemiological work experience beyond the degree obtained is preferable but not mandatory.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Degree: Currently pursuing a Master's degree or have received this degree within 60 months.
  • Discipline(s):
    • Mathematics and Statistics
    • Biometrics and Biostatistics
    • Life Health and Medical Sciences
    • Cellular and Molecular Biology
    • Epidemiology
    • Genetics, Animal and Plant
    • Immunology
    • Infectious Diseases and Zoonoses
    • Microbiology
    • Population Medicine, Public Health and Epidemiology
    • Public Health
    • Toxicology
    • Virology
    • Computer Sciences
    • Databases, Information Retrieval, and Web Search
    • Social and Behavioral Sciences
    • Public Policy
    • Science Policy/Science & Society
    • Communications and Graphics Design
    • Science Writing
  • Veteran Status: None



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