Program Overview:

The Dr. James A. Ferguson RISE Fellowship (Ferguson RISE) Program is planned to be in person format. Please note the format of the summer program is subject to change based on the COVID-19 pandemic status. Please continue to monitor the CDC website for up-to-date information.

The in-person program begins with Orientation for ALL scholars. Registration and seminars will begin on Monday, May 30, through Friday, June 3, 2022. Ferguson RISE fellows assigned to CDC mentors will be introduced on Friday, June 3, 2022. Following Orientation, the Ferguson RISE fellows begin their research experience on June 6, 2022, and end on July 27, 2022. Closing activity for the Ferguson RISE Fellowship is planned for Thursday, August 4, 2022. ALL Ferguson RISE fellows will participate in Wednesday Research Accountability Groups and Public Health seminars beginning June 8, 2022.

During the remaining eight weeks of the program, Ferguson RISE Fellows receive mentored research and professional development experiences with the CDC, Kennedy Krieger Institute, Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions, Bloomberg School of Public Health, Baltimore City Health Department, or the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DHMH).

The CDC Site in Atlanta offers a research externship focused on infectious diseases and addressing public health disparities. Ferguson RISE fellows work with research mentors on a range of infectious disease projects and public health prevention, treatment, and epidemiological studies. Research experiences include laboratory science, epidemiology, public health policy, public health education, developmental disabilities, injury prevention, and emergency preparedness. Conferences and networking related to public health infectious diseases research and response preparedness are offered.

Kennedy Krieger Institute, Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions, Bloomberg School of Public Health, School of Nursing, Maryland Department of Health, and Bureau of Prisons (Baltimore, MD, and Washington, DC) offer clinical and state research experiences. Ferguson RISE fellows work with research mentors on infectious disease treatment, prevention, health disparities, mental health, developmental disabilities, and epidemiology projects. Ferguson RISE fellows may participate in telehealth visits.

All Fellows participate in weekly research and public health seminars. On Monday, July 25 through Wednesday, July 27, 2022, Ferguson RISE fellows will participate in the CDC Showcase and Expo. On Thursday, August 4, 2022, Ferguson fellows will present their research to peers, mentors, and researchers.

All program activities are contingent upon CDC funding.

Program Benefits:

  • A $5,382 stipend is provided for master level graduate fellows and a $7,314 stipend is provided for pre-doctoral graduate fellows.
  • Sponsorship to attend a national scientific meeting.

Expectations and Objectives:

Ferguson RISE Fellows are expected to:

  • Attend weekly virtual Research Accountability Groups and public health summer seminars
  • Develop and present their research at the Ferguson Fellowship Program Symposia at the end of the summer session. View 2018 Ferguson RISE Summer Symposium Videos

Eligibility Requirements:

Students who are members of underrepresented populations are strongly encouraged to apply!

To be considered for acceptance into this program, the applicant must: 

  • Be enrolled as a full-time student in a medical, dental, pharmacy, veterinary, or graduate public health, allied health, or social sciences program during the entire 9-week program.
  • Have at least a 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale.
  • Have the ability to commit to participate actively during the length of the fellowship. 

All activities are subject to the availability of federal funds.

Application Information:

Application for the 2022 cohort opens November 1, 2021, and closes January 31, 2022, at 11:59 p.m. (EST). Applicants for the 2022 cohort will receive a decision letter via email by the end of March.

All Center for Diversity summer programs, including the MCHC/RISE-UP and Dr. James A. Ferguson Emerging Infectious Diseases RISE Fellowship, will be in person. Please note the format of summer programs is subject to change based on the COVID-19 pandemic status. Please visit this website and the CDC website for up-to-date information on program modifications.

For More Information:

For additional program information, please contact Ferguson_Fellowship@KennedyKrieger.org.

Ferguson RISE Frequently Asked Questions

2018 Ferguson RISE Summer Symposium Videos