Cochrane International Mobility

A global exchange programme for the Cochrane Community

The Cochrane International Mobility programme provides networking opportunities for people who wish to learn from Cochrane colleagues in different parts of the world. The scheme connects people and placements; facilitating exchanges that enhance international collaboration and sharing of best practice within the Cochrane Community. The programme is open to anyone interested in contributing to Cochrane's work. 

Cochrane Centres in Sweden, Austria and The Netherlands began this initiative with several successful student exchanges and a broader programme has now been launched as a pilot.

COVID-19 update: innovative virtual internships have replaced exchanges involving travel. Cochrane Sweden has led the way with offering virtual placements. 

What is the purpose of the programme?

Cochrane International Mobility offers opportunities for learning and training on the part of both scheme participants and host staff. Placements typically involve activities related to the production, use and knowledge translation of Cochrane reviews. This can include:

  • Planning and delivery of workshops
  • Publication of Cochrane protocols and reviews
  • Engagement activities

Participants benefit from the clinical and methodological expertise of their hosts, while staff who oversee placements can gain valuable experience in supporting and mentoring colleagues. The scheme has obvious benefits for Cochrane as an organisation in terms of capacity building and encouraging collaborative working.

What is involved?

Arrangements are flexible and placements can last for several weeks to several months, depending on the project plan. Placements involving travel are typically self-funded. Participants completing postgraduate study have benefitted from university funding, and some Groups can offer work space or accommodation.

Virtual placements can offer greater flexibility. Training and mentoring support is offered in different areas, specific to Groups' expertise.

Which Cochrane Groups are offering placements?

Cochrane International Mobility Pilot Placements
Cochrane Group Focus of placement  Required skills for applicants How can I apply?

Cochrane Anaesthesia and Emergency and Critical Care

Systematic reviews, evidence mapping, prognostic reviews Background in medical or health sciences  

Cochrane Australia

Systematic review methods (searching, bias, synthesis, GRADE), guideline methodology, and knowledge translation Cochrane geographic or review group staff  

Cochrane Austria

Systematic reviews, rapid reviews methods research

Background in medical or health sciences Apply through Cochrane TaskExchange 

Cochrane Croatia

Evidence synthesis, meta-research Background in medical or health sciences Apply through Cochrane TaskExchange

Cochrane Germany

Methodology of systematic reviews, Risk of Bias, GRADE, statistics, knowledge translation, translation projects, training Basic experience with Cochrane  

Cochrane Iberoamérica

Clinical guidelines, knowledge translation, scientific translation projects, and assessment of interventions for disinvestment, for both Cochrane systematic reviews and other projects

Published Cochrane protocol Apply through Cochrane TaskExchange
Cochrane Japan Methodology of systematic reviews, Risk of Bias, GRADE, statistics Background in medical or health sciences Apply through Cochrane TaskExchange

Cochrane Netherlands

Methodology, meta-epidemiology, too-much medicine, diagnostic test accuracy, prediction models, medical education Background in medical or health sciences  

Cochrane Neurological Sciences

Applying results of Cochrane reviews to clinical practice and preparing new reviews on topics relative to clinical needs Degree in Medicine with an interest in neurology Apply through Cochrane TaskExchange

Cochrane Norway

Qualitative evidence synthesis, plain language summaries, knowledge translation Cochrane geographic or review group staff  

Cochrane Poland

Nutrition, public health, epidemiology Basic knowledge of evidence-based medicine  

Cochrane Rehabilitation

Review topics related to rehabilitation, knowledge translation Interest in rehabilitation research  

Cochrane Sweden

Evidence synthesis within a topic in neonatal medicine (preclinical or clinical studies) Background in medical or health sciences

Applications now closed until 2021. Waiting list full - please look for another opportunity on Cochrane TaskExchange


Cochrane International Mobility is open to all Cochrane Groups. If your Cochrane Group would like to offer a placement within the scheme, please contact for instructions on how to begin recruiting.

How can I apply?

All Cochrane International Mobility opportunities are advertised on Cochrane TaskExchange.

Search here for opportunities in different parts of the world and contact interested Groups directly, as noted in our Guidance for Applicants.

Any questions?

For general enquiries about the scheme please contact For queries about specific placements, please contact the relevant Group directly, using the 'Questions & Comments' box on the posted opportunity in TaskExchange.