Evidence Synthesis Ireland Fellowship Scheme

The overall objective of the Fellowship is to give the Fellow the opportunity to learn about evidence synthesis in general, as well as to develop the practical skills of how to plan, design, conduct and report an evidence synthesis.

The ESI Fellowship scheme involves placing Fellows (in a virtual environment1) with experienced evidence synthesis centres and review teams in Ireland and internationally. Fellows will receive structured theoretical training from ESI and join an existing or new review team being led by experienced reviewers within the respective centre/group to gain hands-on evidence synthesis experience in a high-quality environment. Fellows will also receive one-to-one mentorship from a designated mentor from the review centre/group. This will afford the Fellow the opportunity of networking with a range of stakeholders in evidence synthesis and will provide direct experience for ESI Fellows in the conduct of evidence synthesis projects that ultimately inform decision making for clinical practice, health services and heath policy.

Award details

Up to 16 Evidence Synthesis Ireland Fellowships are available per year. Award duration is until review completion or for up to 24 months maximum2. There is a bursary for receipted travel and/or dissemination expenses up to a value of €1,000 available to each Fellow (for example to support travelling to the host centre or seminar/conference attendance). Fellows will be eligible to attend all ESI training workshops for free during their Fellowship.

Benefits for Fellows

It is expected that ESI Fellows will gain the following benefits from their participation in the Fellowship scheme:

  • The opportunity to develop a variety of evidence synthesis methodology skills
  • Evidence synthesis experience without the need to manage or lead a review team
  • Free attendance at ESI evidence synthesis training workshops
  • Co-authorship on high quality review reports/publications3
  • €1000 bursary to support travel and/or dissemination expenses
  • Mentorship in evidence synthesis from high quality review teams
  • Networking and collaboration opportunities with national and international experts

Who should apply

Fellows may be in full or part time employment, be clinicians or clinician-academic trainees, researchers and/or postgraduate students resident in the island of Ireland and working in health and/or social care areas. As this is a training Fellowship, there are no restrictions on career stage and applications from those with no prior experience and/or structured training in conducting evidence synthesis are encouraged. It is highly recommended that applicants emphasise the new skills/knowledge they will accrue from this Fellowship. 

Fellows should expect to spend a minimum of 10-15 hours per week (external to formal evidence synthesis theoretical training provided) working on their review. Although this may vary at different stages of the review this is the average expectation that Fellows are expected to commit to the review

January 2020 call – important notes

Call open Monday 13th Jan

Call closes Tuesday Jan 28th at 5pm

(Next call expected in June 2020)

Review Title Type Host Centre Mentor Info
Comparative effectiveness of influenza vaccines in adults 65 years of age and older: a systematic review and network meta-analysis Systematic Review and Network Meta-Analysis Unity Health Toronto Dr Andrea Tricco Click here
Interventions for social isolation in older adults who have experienced a fall: A systematic review Systematic Review Unity Health Toronto Dr Andrea Tricco Click here
The relationship between social isolation and falls in older adults: A scoping review Scoping review Unity Health Toronto Dr Andrea Tricco Click here
A systematic review of healthy eating interventions delivered in early childhood and education care settings to improve the dietary outcomes of children less than 6 years Review of effectiveness Cochrane Public Health Dr Luke Wolfenden, Dr Serene Yoong Click here
Regular treatment with formoterol and an inhaled corticosteroid versus regular treatment with salmeterol and an inhaled corticosteroid for chronic asthma: serious adverse events Intervention review (update) Cochrane Airways Dr Chris Cates Click here
Early childhood interventions in low and middle income countries Evidence and Gap Map* Campbell UK & Ireland Dr Sarah Miller Click here
Defensive Medicine: a systematic review of qualitative evidence Qualitative synthesis EPPI-Centre Katy Sutcliffe and Prof James Thomas Click here

*For this call we are including development of Evidence Gap Maps (EGM). EGMs are a way of mapping existing evidence and prioritising evidence syntheses. As such, the competencies addressed within this EGM Fellowship will be somewhat different to other Fellowships. For more information about EGMs click here and please read the accompanying review information carefully.

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