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ASPPH/NHTSA Public Health Fellowship Program

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The ASPPH/NHTSA Public Health Fellowship, a collaborative effort between the Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health (ASPPH) and the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), is a unique training opportunity offered to graduates of CEPH-accredited schools and programs of public health. The selected fellow(s) will work with national experts in injury prevention and motor vehicle and highway safety issues to examine the causes and etiology of motor vehicle crashes and injuries.

The mission of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is to save lives, prevent injuries, and reduce economic costs due to traffic crashes. NHTSA, an agency of the U.S. Department of Transportation, develops and promotes evidence-based behavioral safety programs, conducts research on a wide range of traffic safety issues, and oversees national safety campaigns. The agency provides national leadership to States on traffic injury prevention initiatives, emergency medical services (EMS), and 9-1-1 programs as part of its core mission. NHTSA also maintains a robust vehicle safety research program and develops and enforces vehicle safety standards.

What does the Fellowship offer you?

The selected fellow(s) will work with experienced professionals in NHTSA to learn all components of the comprehensive approach to traffic safety; develop a thorough understanding of the shared missions between public health, traffic safety, and injury prevention; and experience working within a Federal agency on projects affecting the public health of the entire Nation.

When and where are the Fellowships offered?

ASPPH/NHTSA fellowship positions are full-time opportunities for a period of one year (September 2020 to August 2021, estimated). All fellowship positions are located at the U.S. Department of Transportation Headquarters (DOT), Washington, DC. Selected applicants are required to relocate to the fellowship location. Relocation expenses will not be reimbursed.


To be eligible, students must have received an MPH or Doctorate degree prior to the beginning of the fellowship (no later than August of the application year). Early career professionals with Masters or Doctorate degrees (within 5 years of graduation) may also apply for the fellowship program. Applicants must have received their degree(s) from a CEPH-accredited ASPPH-member school or program of public health, as well as be a U.S. citizen or hold a visa permitting permanent residence in the U.S., to be eligible for the fellowship program. Certified in Public Health (CPH) preferred.

Fellowship Stipend

The fellow will receive an annual stipend paid in semi-monthly installments. In addition, the fellow will have access to sufficient allowance to offset the costs of health insurance premiums and fellowship-related travel and training expenses.

The fellow is responsible for his/her own move to and from the fellowship site (relocation expenses are not covered). The fellow is also required to maintain his/her own health insurance while in the fellowship program.

How are Fellows selected?

All applications to the fellowship program will undergo a technical review process by NHTSA staff based on the following criteria: quality of essay, strength of credentials, previous professional experience; and letters of recommendation. Finalists will then be evaluated to assess which of the candidates applying for the project is most suited for the fellowship.

How do I apply to the program?

To complete the online application, you will need to provide the following information and documentation:

Your faculty advisor will be asked to confirm your expected graduation date.

The transcript may be official or unofficial. If you are selected for a fellowship position, you will be required to provide an official transcript.

Your recommenders will be asked to provide letters of recommendation for you. The recommenders will be emailed directly from the application system, but only after you submit your application for the first time. Do not submit your application for the first time on the due date; your recommenders will not have time to submit their letters. If you plan to submit your final application on the due date, you should enter your recommenders’ information before then, submit the application in order to prompt the emails to your recommenders to be sent, and then click the edit button to continue working on your application. Remember to resubmit by the deadline.

You must submit a separate essay for each position to which you are applying explaining your interests, strengths, and qualifications for that particular position, as well as how it will benefit your long-term career plans in the field of public health.

Incomplete applications will not be accepted. Unsubmitted applications will not be reviewed.