Evidence Synthesis Ireland Fellowship Scheme 2020

Application Deadline: January 28th 2020 5pm

Applications are now invited from suitable, highly motivated candidates for an Evidence Synthesis Ireland (ESI) Fellowship.

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.

Application Process

  1. ESI Fellowship application form – Complete the Application Form and submit a signed electronic version as e-mail PDF attachment to esi@nuigalway.ie Please include “ESI Fellowship scheme” in the email subject line.
  2. Curriculum Vitae – Include a 2 page (maximum) CV with your application.
  3. Academic References4, 5, 6– two references are required that indicate your academic suitability and potential to undertake the Fellowship within the allocated timeframe (up to 24 months);
    1. Complete Section A in two copies of the Academic Reference Form and provide these to your referees.
    2. Each of your referees should complete Section B of the Academic Reference Form and submit to esi@nuigalway.ie by Jan 28th 2020 5pm

Applicants are advised to carefully read the Guidance Notes which outline the terms and conditions of the Fellowship before completing an application.

Deadline for Applicants
The deadline for submission of complete applications is Jan 28th 2020 5pm. Queries relating to this application can be sent to esi@nuigalway.ie. All application forms must be submitted as a PDF by email, along with relevant documentation to esi@nuigalway.ie by the deadline listed.

Peer Review Process
Applications will be subject to external peer review7. It is anticipated that successful applicants will be notified by Feb 20th 2020.

Application documents:
Application Guidance Notes: click here
Academic Reference Form: click here
Application Form: click here

1 For reviews conducted by HIQA, facilities will be provided for the fellow to be based within the Dublin or Cork offices and preference will be given to those who can be physically present.
2 In certain cases, reviews may not be completed within the Fellowship duration of two years.
3 Please note that participation in the Fellowship scheme does not guarantee acceptance or publication of the review, as this is subject to editorial, statistical and peer review undertaken by the review centre and the decision to publish or not publish a review is made independently of ESI.
4 References from proposed Review supervisors/mentors will not be accepted.
5 It is the Applicant’s responsibility to ensure that references are submitted by the deadline.
6 References are supplied confidentially and are not made available to applicants at any stage during or after the competition.
7 For reviews conducted by HIQA, a final interview will be held with HIQA prior to any offer of a fellowship.



Do I have to be resident on the island of Ireland?

Yes, all applicants must be resident on the island of Ireland

If I applied previously, can I use the same references?

Yes, we will hold references on file for 2 rounds

How many times a year will the call be announced?

We will hold the call up to four times per year, usually three – in Jan, June and Sept for 2020. Sign up to our mailing list and follow us on Twitter to be first to hear.

Are these Fellowships paid?

The Fellowships are unsalaried, which allows those working full-time to apply, and allows us to place Fellows with highly experienced evidence synthesis centres and review teams in Ireland and internationally for first-rate training and mentorship. Fellows receive a €1000 travel bursary, free attendance at ESI training events, co-authorship on high quality review reports/publications and other benefits as described in the guidance documents.

Where can I find the estimated start date and duration of the review?

This information is found within each review call. Please note these will vary depending on the nature of the review.

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