Call for application for cohort 2020 ECDC Fellowship Programme EPIET and EUPHEM paths, EU-track

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

Training and practical experience are provided in two paths:

  • Field epidemiology path (EPIET): 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): 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 (minimum B2) 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 2020 cohort. However, ECDC cannot guarantee that candidates will be eligible for the entire duration of the selection process, to start or complete their fellowship at host sites, considering the foreseen exit of the UK from the EU on 31 October 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) year working experience in public health or applied epidemiology; on a case-by-case basis, experience obtained during Doctoral (PhD) studies in a relevant discipline may be accepted to count as such professional experience.

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 (e.g. clinical microbiology specialisation, veterinary medicine specialisations, or a specialisation in any microbiology field).

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

* Only diplomas and certificates that have been awarded in EU Member States or that are the subject of equivalent certificates issued by authorities in the said Member States shall be taken into consideration.

Selection of cohort 2020

The selection process is described in the Administrative Decision on 'Rules governing the EU-track of the ECDC Fellowship Programme, field epidemiology path (EPIET) and public health microbiology path (EUPHEM)’.


15 July 2019

Call for applications for cohort 2020 opens

10 Sept 2019

Application deadline 

Sept - Oct

Review of applications by the Selection Committees

Oct 2019

Identification of training sites for 2020

Nov - Dec 2019

Telephone interviews with selected candidates

March 2020

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

April 2020

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

​April-Aug 2020

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

Sept 2020

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 2020(2020-2022)-EPIET/EUPHEM)

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ECDC Fellowship Programme Manual - Cohort 2020

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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 10 September 2019, at 08.00 CEST.

More information

Candidates can contact the Fellowship Faculty Office (FFO) at for further information regarding the training programme.

The training sites are listed under the institute information. The Heads of Scientific Coordination of EPIET and EUPHEM, as well as current fellows, alumini and supervisors may be available to offer additional information.