The Excellence in Mentorship of UnderRepresented Groups (EMURG) for Health Equity Leaders 12-Month Fellowship Program supports federal public health careers and professional development to address health disparities. EMURG Fellows will be placed in one of the Department of Health and Human Services Agencies, for example:

2024 Center for Diversity Application Instructions

EMURG Application

EMURG Sample Application and Guidelines

Application Video Guide

  • Administration for Children and Families (ACF)
  • Administration for Community Living (ACL)
  • Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)
  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
  • Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS)
  • Food and Drug Administration (FDA)
  • Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA)
  • Indian Health Services (IHS)
  • National Institutes of Health (NIH)
  • Office of Minority Health (OMH)
  • Office of Population Affairs (OPA)
  • Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
Application submission date for Center for Diversity graduate programs has been extended to Wednesday, February 14, 2024.  Complete applications, including at least two letters of reference, must be received by 11:59 PM (Eastern) on Wednesday, February 14, 2024.

Purpose of the EMURG Fellowship

The fellowship aims to provide educational and professional development opportunities for under-represented graduate-level scholars interested in addressing public health, mental health, maternal and child health, and health disparities within the federal government. The overarching goal of the EMURG Fellowship is to provide training in health equity issues and leadership to early career individuals to improve the health of racial and ethnic minorities and other disadvantaged populations. In addition, fellows may also gain clinical experience and develop leadership skills.

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Fellowship Timeline

  • October 9, 2023 – January 31, 2024:
    • Will begin accepting EMURG (12-Month) Health Equity Fellowship Applications
  • January 2024 – March 2024:
    • Review EMURG applications and Schedule Interviews
  • April 2024:
    • Select up to 10 EMURG fellows
  • May 27, 2024 – May 31, 2024 & June 3, 2024 - June 7, 2024:
    • In-person 2-week ORIENTATION at Kennedy Krieger Institute (Baltimore, MD)
  • June – July 2024:
    • Weekly EMURG Public Health and Leadership Seminars
  • July 2024 – September 2024:
    • Placements will begin at your assigned Department of Health and Human Services Agency and continue through May 23, 2025. 
  • May 2025:
    • Final DHHS Presentation

EMURG Funding

The 12-month (full-time/40 hours per week) fellowship program is funded by the Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Minority Health. Fellows may also gain clinical experience and develop professional leadership skills in the public health field.

EMURG Application

  • EMURG (12-Month) Health Equity Fellowship Application Opens: Monday, October 9, 2023
  • A link to The Center for Diversity program application can be found on the final page of the 2024 Application Guidelines PDF.
  • Be sure to review the 2024 Application Guidelines before accessing and completing an application.
  • EMURG (12-Month) Health Equity Fellowship Application Deadline: Wednesday, January 31, 2024 (11:59 PM EST)

EMURG 12-Month Fellowship Stipend

Based on Calendar Year

  • Pre-Master's                    $38,100.00
  • Post Master's                  $42,550.00
  • Post-Doc                         $56,484.00

** Housing allowance ($26,000-$31,000) is available with rates based on geographic region. **

Program Eligibility

  • Must be a Student in a Master's Degree or Doctoral Program
  • Students who received their Master's or doctoral degree within 12 calendar months of the EMURG orientation (last week in May)
  • Must have a GPA > 3.0/4.0 scale
  • Must have a Commitment to reducing health disparities
  • Must have an interest in a leadership career in the federal government
  • Must be able to commit to the length of the program (Full-time/40 hours per week)

Benefits of Being an EMURG Fellow

  • Gaining an Academic foundation in political and social determinants of health
  • Obtaining meaningful work experience in the federal government
  • Multi-level culturally congruent mentorship
  • Stipend based on federal rates for academic level
  • Paid housing and transportation expenses
  • Sponsorship to the Annual Conference for the American Public Health Association (APHA)

Please Note:

All 2024 Center for Diversity programs, including the EMURG Health Equity Fellowship, are anticipated to be in-person or hybrid. The status of programs and fellowships is subject to change based on the status of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Please visit the Center for Diversity website and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website for up-to-date information on program modifications.

2024 Center for Diversity Application Instructions

EMURG Application

EMURG Sample Application and Guidelines

Application Video Guide

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