Call for application for cohort 2021 ECDC Fellowship Programme EPIET and EUPHEM paths, EU-track

The ECDC Fellowship Programme has the following programme objectives:

  • To contribute to strengthening the prevention, preparedness, 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 contribute to enhancing response capacities for effective field investigation and communicable disease control at European, national and community level to meet public health threats, in particular for the EU response to cross-bored threats to health
  • To contribute to strengthening the European and global network of public health professionals through the use of state-of-the-art, shared standards and methods, good practices and common public health objectives
  • To contribute to knowledge transfers and  capacity building within and between Member States;
  • To facilitate innovative inter-disciplinary and multi-sector cooperation and communication to achieve the above objectives while adjusting to emerging needs
  • To contribute to the reduction of disparity across Europe in the prevention, preparedness, surveillance and control of communicable diseases

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:

  • Have a 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 the EU/EEA; and
  • Be entitled to her or his full rights as a citizen

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

Specific eligibility requirements for EPIET Path:

1. Completed post-secondary education (university studies) of at least 3 years attested by a diploma1 in medicine, public health, epidemiology, veterinary medicine, nursing, biology, microbiology, pharmacology, biomedicine or other health and social sciences, at the level of graduate diploma, Masters’ degree or equivalent;* and

2. At least one (1) year of work experience in public health or applied epidemiology..

Specific eligibility requirements for EUPHEM Path:

1. Post-secondary education attested by a diploma3 in medicine, biology, microbiology, veterinary medicine, pharmacology, or biomedicine, at the level of graduate diploma, Masters’ degree or equivalent; and

2. At least three (3) years of work 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 awarded in Member States of the EU/EEA, or that are the subject of equivalent certificates issued by authorities in an EU Member State shall be considered.

Selection of cohort 2021

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)’.

The application period for the ECDC Fellowship Programme 2021-2023 is now closed.

Check back in summer 2021 for the next application opportunity. For further questions about the ECDC Fellowship Programme, please contact us directly at 

Preliminary timeline*

14 August 2020

Call for applications for cohort 2021 opens

21 Sept 2020

Application deadline 

Sept - Nov 2020

Review of applications by the Selection Committees

Nov - Dec 2020

Telephone interviews with selected candidates

Dec 2020 Identification of training sites for cohort 2021

Feb 2021

Interviews with short-listed candidates

May 2021

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

​May-Aug 2021

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

Sept 2021

Start of the fellowship

(*) Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, these dates may be slightly changed in the future. Please contact the Fellowship Faculty Office for more information.


Before applying read the documents below


Call for application for fellows in the ECDC Fellowship Programme EPIET and EUPHEM paths, EU-track (ECDC/Cohort 2021(2021-2023)-EPIET/EUPHEM)

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ECDC Fellowship Programme Manual - Cohort 2021

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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


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 21 September 2020, at 24.00 CEST.

More information

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

The training sites' contact information is available here. The Coordination team  may be available to offer additional information. Candidates are strongly encouraged to contact supervisors, current fellows and alumni through the training sites.