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James A. Ferguson Emerging Infectious Diseases Research Initiatives for Student Enhancement (RISE) Fellowship Program

The Dr. James A. Ferguson Emerging Infectious Diseases Research Initiatives for Student Enhancement (RISE) 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/or health disparities.


The program begins May 28-29, 2018 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 then fly to Atlanta, GA to continue Orientation Week at the CDC (May 30 - June 1, 2018). 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 CDC Site in Atlanta offers a research externship focused on infectious diseases and addressing public health disparities. 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, developmental disabilities, injury prevention, 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, School of Nursing, 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, health disparities, mental health, developmental disabilities, 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. 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 27, 2018.

All program activities are contingent upon CDC funding.


  • A $4,500 stipend is provided for Kennedy Krieger Institute master level graduate fellows and CDC fellows; a $5,168 stipend is provided for Kennedy Krieger Institute pre-doctoral fellows
  • Housing and round-trip travel are also available for out-of-state fellows
  • Sponsorship to attend a national scientific meeting
  • Sponsored membership in the American Public Health Association (APHA)


Fellows accepted into this fellowship are expected to:

  • Attend weekly public health summer seminars
  • Develop and present their research on infectious diseases at the Ferguson Fellowship Program Symposia at the end of the summer session


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 enrolled as a full-time student in a medical, dental, pharmacy, veterinary, or graduate programs in public health, allied health, or social sciences program during the entire 9-week program.
  • Have at least a 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale
  • Have the ability to commit to the length of the fellowship

    Applications are due and must be uploaded by January 31, 2018, 11:59 pm (EST).

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