Directly getting a job with the government is probably the most difficult approach to take. Government agencies generally rely on fellowships to feed in new talent, so focus on a fellowship first. We have also listed some government fellowships that are specific to certain agencies.
Defense Threat Reduction Agency
DTRA is the U.S. Department of Defense’s official Combat Support Agency for countering weapons of mass destruction. Our people are Subject Matter Experts on WMD, and we address the entire spectrum of chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear and high yield explosive threats. DTRA’s programs include basic science research and development, operational support to U.S. warfighters on the front line, and an in-house WMD think tank that aims to anticipate and mitigate future threats long before they have a chance to harm the United States and our allies. SCC-WMD, the U.S. Strategic Command Center for Combating Weapons of Mass Destruction, synchronizes Combating Weapons of Mass Destruction efforts across our military’s geographic commands and leverages the people, programs and interagency relationships of DTRA at a strategic level. We work with the military services, other elements of the United States government, and countries across the planet on counterproliferation, nonproliferation and WMD reduction issues with one goal in mind: Making the World Safer.
National Defense University
The National Defense University is the premier center for Joint Professional Military Education (JPME) and is under the direction of the Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff. The University’s main campus is on Fort Lesley J. McNair in Washington, D.C. The Joint Forces Staff College is located in Norfolk, VA. The National Defense University is accredited by the Commission on Higher Education of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools.
ASPH/EPA Environmental Health Fellowship Program
The Environmental Health Fellowship Program is supported through a cooperative agreement between the Association of Schools of Public Health (ASPH) and the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The goal of the ASPH Environmental Health Fellowship Program is to provide professional training and opportunities for early career public health professionals by enabling them to work in EPA on current and emerging environmental public health needs. These placements will be for one year, with a possible one-year extension.The program capitalizes on an important interdependence between the academic public health community and the EPA, one of the most important public health agencies in the world.
National Center for Health Statistics – Health Policy Fellowship Program
The fellowship program brings visiting scholars in health services research-related disciplines to the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) in Hyattsville, Md. for a period of 13 months to conduct studies of interest to policymakers and the health services research community. Fellows have access to NCHS data resources for use in their proposed studies, and also work on collaborative projects with NCHS staff.
The ASPH/CDC Allan Rosenfield Global Health Fellowship Program
In recognition of a career dedicated to improving the health of the world’s most vulnerable populations, ASPH, with support from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), established a fellowship in honor of Dr. Allan Rosenfield, former Dean of the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health. The Allan Rosenfield Global Health Fellowship Program provides international training opportunities for recent graduates of ASPH member accredited schools of public health (MPH and Doctoral level).
National Institutes of Health Department of Bioethics Fellowships
The Department of Bioethics is committed to clinical teaching, consultation, and research. Fellows participate in the activities and the intellectual life of the department and study ethical issues related to conduct of research, clinical practice, genetics and health policy. For a typical fellow, this research yields multiple publications in premier academic journals. Fellows conduct their research under the guidance of senior faculty, participate in weekly bioethics seminars, case conferences, ethics consultations, IRB deliberations, and have access to multiple educational opportunities at the NIH. Fellowships are two years in length and stipends are based on the applicant's previous experience and the current US government schedule. Past post-doctoral fellows have gone on to academic careers in philosophy, medicine, law, health policy, political science, and related departments; some are also active in legal and medical practice. Past pre-doctoral fellows have attended premier graduate programs in numerous fields including medicine, law, public health, health policy, and sociology. To learn more about where past fellows are today, follow the links.