Dear Potential Center for Diversity in Leadership Training Trainees,

It is with deep regret that I inform you that the CDC-funded MCHC/RISE-UP and Ferguson RISE Fellowship programs have been cancelled for Summer 2020 due to the CDC’s leadership role in addressing the COVID-19 pandemic and, most importantly, concern for your health and safety.

Please read the official CDC statement for more information.

We thank you for applying and wish you the best of success in all your future endeavors.

Be well,

Harolyn M.E. Belcher, MD, MHS
Director - Center for Diversity in Public Health Leadership Training at Kennedy Krieger Institute

Applications for the 2020 cohort are now closed.

Please check back for information about the 2021 cohort application.

Due to the extensive earthquakes affecting Puerto Rico, we are issuing an extension of the 2020 application to applicants living in Puerto Rico. If you are an applicant from Puerto Rico, please reach out to Center for Diversity Staff via email ( to receive details on the application. Thank you.