Call for ECDC Fellowship Programme (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?

In order to be eligible for the ECDC Fellowship Programme, candidates for both paths need to fulfil the following set of formal requirements:

  • Thorough knowledge of at least two official languages of the EU/EEA, one of which shall be English;
  • Be a national of a Member State of EU/EEA*; and
  • Be entitled to her or his full rights as a citizen.

*UK nationals remain eligible to apply for the 2019 cohort. However, due to the uncertainties posed by the UK’s notification of its intention to leave the European Union, ECDC cannot guarantee that candidates will be eligible to start or complete their fellowship at host sites, since the start date for Cohort 2019 is after 29 March 2019.

In addition, depending on the path they apply for, candidates need to fulfil the following formal requirements:

Specific eligibility requirements for EPIET Path:

Post-secondary education attested by a diploma in medicine, public health, epidemiology, veterinary medicine, nursing, biology, microbiology, pharmacology, biomedicine or other health and social sciences, at the level of Graduate diploma or Masters’ degree or equivalent; and at least one (1) full year working experience in public health or epidemiology.

Specific eligibility requirements for EUPHEM Path:

Post-secondary education attested by a diploma in medicine, biology, microbiology, veterinary medicine, pharmacology, or biomedicine, at the level of Graduate diploma or Masters’ degree or equivalent; and at least three (3) years of working experience in microbiology; or a PhD degree in microbiology or equivalent.

For applicants with a background in laboratory sciences, previous experience in public health and epidemiology is an advantage.


Timeline for cohort 2019

31 Aug 2018

Call for applications for cohort 2019 opens

7 Oct 2018

Application deadline 

Oct - Nov 2018

Review of applications by the Selection Committees

Nov 2018

Identification of training sites for 2019

Mid-Dec 2018

Telephone interviews with selected candidates

11-13 March 2019

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

April 2019

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

​April-Aug 2019

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

11 Sept 2019

Start of the fellowship


Before applying read the documents below


Call for application for fellows in the ECDC Fellowship Programme EPIET and EUPHEM paths, EU-track (ECDC/Cohort 2019(2019-2021)-EPIET/EUPHEM)

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ECDC Fellowship Programme Manual - Cohort 2019

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Administrative decision on Rules governing the EU-track of the ECDC Fellowship Programme, field epidemiology path (EPIET) and public health microbiology path (EUPHEM)

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Application procedure 

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

Step 1: Apply online

For EPIET:     

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

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 07 October 2018, at 24.00 CEST.