Nutrition Communication Fellowship President’s Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Rockville, MD


A fellowship opportunity is currently available with the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition (PCFSN) at the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health (OASH) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

PCFSN is a federal advisory committee that advises the President of the United States on educating, engaging and empowering all Americans to lead a healthy lifestyle that includes regular physical activity and good nutrition. The selected participant will be involved in in-depth nutrition-related projects. Opportunities may include:

  • Creating and disseminating nutrition messaging for target audiences
  • Informing the PCFSN Science Board members about nutrition-focused data/reports/etc. that may be featured in upcoming publications, such as the quarterly Elevate Health digests, as well as blogs, journal submissions and matte news articles
  • Attending departmental and interagency sub-committee and working group meetings, webinars, as well as related events that focus on the Dietary Guidelines for Americans and Healthy People 2020, among other initiatives
  • Collecting and managing information on various aspects of nutrition science for the purpose of coordinating projects, programs and research efforts
  • Collaborating with staff, fellows and interns on daily tasks and long-term projects focused on nutrition/physical activity programming and promotion
  • Developing evidence-based, nutrition-focused conference proposals that advance and promote the PCFSN mission

This program, administered by ORAU through its contract with the U.S. Department of Energy to manage the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education, was established through an interagency agreement between DOE and HHS. The initial appointment is for one year, but may be renewed upon recommendation of HHS contingent on the availability of funds. The participant will receive a monthly stipend commensurate with education level and experience. Proof of health insurance is required for participation in this program. The appointment is full-time at OASH in the Rockville, Maryland, area. Participants do not become employees of HHS or the program administrator, and there are no fringe benefits paid.


  • A Master’s degree in food and nutrition science or a related science received within the last five years.
  • Students currently enrolled at an accredited U.S. college or university in one of the aforementioned fields may also be considered.

Candidates with registered dietitian (RD) certification are strongly encouraged to apply, though it is not a requirement for participation in this program.

How to Apply:

To be considered, please send a current CV/resume to the attention of Please reference DHHS-OASH-2014-0121 in all communications.