James A. Ferguson Emerging Infectious Diseases Fellowship Program

The Dr. James A. Ferguson Emerging Infectious Diseases Fellowship Program is a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)-funded, nine-week summer program providing educational and professional development opportunities for fellows interested in infectious diseases research and health disparities. Fellows from underrepresented populations as defined by the federal government (http://www.cdc.gov/minorityhealth/ExecutiveOrders.html) are strongly encouraged to apply.

PROGRAM ACTIVITIES

The program begins May 25, 2015 with an orientation at Kennedy Krieger Institute in Baltimore, MD that focuses on research design, infectious diseases, urban health issues, and other health equity topics. (Fellows assigned to CDC will have an orientation in Atlanta on Thursday and Friday of the first week.) During the remaining 8 weeks of the program, fellows receive mentored research and professional development experiences at the CDC in Atlanta, GA or in Baltimore at Kennedy Krieger Institute, Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions, Bloomberg School of Public Health, or the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DHMH). The Ferguson Fellowship is contingent on federal funding. 

The CDC Site in Atlanta offers a research externship focused on infectious diseases and addressing public health challenges. Fellows work with research mentors on a range of infectious disease projects and public health prevention, treatment and epidemiological studies. Research experiences include laboratory science, epidemiology, public health policy, public health education and emergency preparedness. Conferences and networking related to public health infectious diseases research and response preparedness are offered.

Kennedy Krieger Institute, Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions, Bloomberg School of Public Health, Maryland Department of Health, and Bureau of Prisons (Baltimore MD and Washington DC) offers a clinical, state, and community-based research externship. Fellows work with research mentors on projects related to infectious diseases treatment, prevention, and epidemiology. Fellows located at the Baltimore, MD site may participate in clinical and community experiences. Fellows may receive training in the conduct of community-based participatory research, which engages communities that are currently underserved by the healthcare system. Fellows may also rotate through clinical experiences related to infectious diseases and public health, attend clinical rounds, and/or work with DHMH.

All Fellows participate in weekly research and public health seminars. During the last week of the fellowship, students present their research to peers, mentors, and researchers. The final day of the Ferguson Fellowship program is July 24, 2015.

PROGRAM BENEFITS

  • A $4,000 stipend is provided for all participants
  • Housing and round-trip travel are also available for out-of-state fellows
  • Sponsorship to attend a national scientific meeting following abstract submission
  • Sponsored membership in the American Public Health Association (APHA)

EXPECTATIONS & OBJECTIVES

Fellows accepted into this fellowship are expected to:

  • Attend weekly public health summer seminars and periodic distance sessions during the academic year
  • Develop and present their research or infectious diseases public health topic at the Fellowship Program Symposia at the end of the summer session
  • Submit an abstract to a national scientific meeting

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS

Fellows who are members of underrepresented populations (as defined by the federal government) are strongly encouraged to apply!

In order to be considered for acceptance into this program, the applicant must:

  • Be currently enrolled as a full-time student in a medical, dental, pharmacy, veterinary, or public health graduate program
  • Have at least a 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale
  • Have the ability to commit to the length of the fellowship

APPLICATION GUIDELINES

Click here for application guidelines and application link for the Ferguson Fellowship program. Applications are due January 31, 2015

Don’t wait! All application materials, including two letters of recommendation from faculty, must be uploaded by January 31, 2015, 11:59 pm (EST). Applications must be completed within one two-hour session. After two hours, the application system will time out and your information will NOT be saved!

FOR MORE INFORMATION

For additional program information, please contact Ferguson_Fellowship@kennedykrieger.org.

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