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 Group||Focus of placement||Required skills for applicants||How can I apply?|
|Systematic reviews, evidence mapping, prognostic reviews||Background in medical or health sciences|
|Systematic review methods (searching, bias, synthesis, GRADE), guideline methodology, and knowledge translation||Cochrane geographic or review group staff|
Systematic reviews, rapid reviews methods research
|Background in medical or health sciences||Apply through Cochrane TaskExchange|
|Evidence synthesis, meta-research||Background in medical or health sciences||Apply through Cochrane TaskExchange|
|Methodology of systematic reviews, Risk of Bias, GRADE, statistics, knowledge translation, translation projects, training||Basic experience with Cochrane|
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|
|Methodology, meta-epidemiology, too-much medicine, diagnostic test accuracy, prediction models, medical education||Background in medical or health 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|
|Qualitative evidence synthesis, plain language summaries, knowledge translation||Cochrane geographic or review group staff|
|Nutrition, public health, epidemiology||Basic knowledge of evidence-based medicine|
|Review topics related to rehabilitation, knowledge translation||Interest in rehabilitation research|
|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 firstname.lastname@example.org for instructions on how to begin recruiting.
How can I apply?
All Cochrane International Mobility opportunities are advertised on Cochrane TaskExchange.
For general enquiries about the scheme please contact email@example.com. For queries about specific placements, please contact the relevant Group directly, using the 'Questions & Comments' box on the posted opportunity in TaskExchange.