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Fellowship Programme (with EPIET and EUPHEM paths)

The ECDC Fellowship Programme has the following programme objectives:

  • To strengthen the surveillance and control of infectious diseases and other cross-border health threats or  issues of public health concern in the EU/EEA Member States and at EU level, supporting the implementation of Decision 1082/2013/EU;
  • To enhance response capacities for effective field investigation and communicable disease control at national and community level to meet public health threats;
  • To strengthen the European network of public health professionals through use of shared standards and methods,  good practices and common public health objectives;
  • To support cascading of training and capacity building within the Member States;
  • To facilitate multi-disciplinary cooperation in the above fields.

It has two paths: a path for field epidemiology and a path for public health microbiology


Field epidemiology path (EPIET) 

This path focuses on training and practical experience in intervention epidemiology at the national and regional centres for surveillance and control of communicable diseases in the European Union.


Public health microbiology path (EUPHEM) 

This path focuses on training and practical experience in laboratories with public health functions or training sites with a consortium of different laboratories in Europe.

Who can apply?

The training is aimed at professionals with a minimum of:

  • post-secondary education (at the level of Graduate diploma or Masters’ diploma) in medicine, epidemiology, biology, microbiology, veterinary medicine, pharmacology, biomedicine, public health or other health sciences, and
  • at least three years of relevant professional experience; or
  • PhD degree or equivalent in a field relevant to the fellowship.

For applicants with a background in laboratory sciences, previous experience in public health and epidemiology is an advantage. Please note that applicants must be nationals of a Member State of the EU/EEA.

Indicative timeline

20 Dec 2016

Application deadline

Jan 2017

Review of applications by the Selection Committees

End of Jan 2017

Identification of training sites for 2017

Mid-Feb 2017

Telephone interviews with selected candidates

3 – 5 April 2017

Face-to-face interviews with short-listed candidates, in Stockholm, Sweden

Early May 2017

Notification of placement (country/training site) for successful candidates

May – Aug 2017

Signature of:
- Training Sites Agreements with ECDC
- employment contracts between training sites and successful candidates 

​11 Sept 2017​ ​Start of the fellowship​
For more information about the programme, go to the EPIET and EUPHEM website.​

 Application procedure 


Call for application for Fellows in the ECDC Fellowship Programme, EPIET and EUPHEM paths, EU-track

For applications to be valid, you must proceed in two steps:


Step 1: Apply online at: 



Provide the following elements:

a. Online application form;
b. Detailed EUROPASS Curriculum Vitae (available on - Personal Information should include address, date of birth, telephones, emails and nationality) and;
c. Letter of motivation


Step 2: E-mail the Case Id that will be provided through the online submission to: - clearly indicating Surname, EPIET or EUPHEM and the Case Id, in the Subject line.

Example: Smith EUPHEM cfa0f65d-5213-42f2-b46f-de0a9e68f363

Applications must be in English, the working language of the Centre. You may be requested at a later stage to supply documentary evidence in original in support of the statements that you make for this application.


The application will be rejected if the dossier is incomplete.


Deadline for the submission of applications is 20 December 2016, at 24.00 CET.


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