Welcome to the CSTE Foundation!


The CSTE Foundation is an independent non-profit organization that has been created to support the vision of the Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists – “Using the power of epidemiology to improve the public’s health.” The foundation was established for the purpose of developing, expanding and diversifying the epidemiology workforce. Your generous donation to the CSTE Foundation will support the Foundation’s initial development funds – core funding, the Applied Epidemiology Fellowship (AEF), and the Jeffrey P. Davis Student Scholarship Fund. Learn more about the CSTEF development funds below. The CSTE Foundation is an exempt organization as described in Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.


Strengthen CSTE’s capacity to unleash the power of epidemiology to improve the public’s health



Promote and support the work of CSTE and public health agencies through education, and funding for new, developmental, and under-resourced efforts to:

Improve disease surveillance and epidemiologic practice through training and capacity development

Promote the effective use of data to guide public health practice, save lives and improve the public’s health

CSTE Foundation (CSTEF) Development Funds

Core Funding will be utilized to support part‐time CSTEF staff, development and legal consultant work, as well as to supplement priority activities and projects where additional funds may be needed.
The Applied Epidemiology Fellowship (AEF) Program is a successful two-year fellowship program placing recent master’s and doctoral level epidemiology graduates in state and local public health departments. Given the potential absorption capacity and demand, the goal of this fund will be to expand annual class size via a five-year plan to reach 30 additional fellows at a five-year total cost of $3,420,000. The Foundation seeks immediate funding to develop a comprehensive plan, educational materials, donor proposals and solicitation, and professional consultant support. We will also seek funding from other foundations, state and local public health agencies, and federal agencies.
The Jeffrey P. Davis Student Scholarship Fund is a newly named fund to provide opportunities for public health students** to network with applied epidemiologists at the CSTE Annual Conference. The new Scholarship Fund will build upon the existing CSTE Student Scholarship, which has awarded three student scholarships since its inception in 2016. By growing the Scholarship Fund, CSTEF plans to increase the number of student scholarships awarded with a long-term goal of up to 35 scholarships awarded annually. Scholarships will be competitive and involve coordination with individual colleges and universities. The estimated expense for one student will range from $700 to $2,500. For more information on the Scholarship, click HERE.
*These activities were identified for individual or other non-corporate foundations and agencies following the development and approval of the CSTEF mission and vision statements. The CSTE Foundation intends to expand this list as it develops new programs and projects and garners support from new sources of external funding.
**Preference will be given to epidemiology students and students enrolled in public health degree programs.