Fellowships, scholarships and bursaries
Please also see the Cochrane Collaboration Funding Initiatives page for more funding opportunities.
Also see section 2.5 Fellowships, scholarships and bursaries of the Policy Manual.
Aubrey Sheiham, BDS, PhD, DHC
Aubrey Sheiham is a dental epidemiologist who was inspired and encouraged by Archie Cochrane to question many of the practices in medicine and dentistry. His main commitment is to improving the health of populations in underdeveloped countries and challenging dental establishments to be far more critical. The misuse of healthcare resources has more serious ethical and health implications in underdeveloped countries because resources there for health are generally inadequate. Aubrey considers that supporting and training key health personnel in the concepts of The Cochrane Collaboration will improve the effectiveness and efficiency of primary health care. Aubrey and his wife Helena have been exceptionally generous not only through their financial support of the Aubrey Sheiham Scholarship, but also for making their apartment in Oxford, England, available for the use both of the Scholars and other members of The Cochrane Collaboration visiting Oxford to do Cochrane work.
General Information and Requirements of the Scholarship
The Aubrey Sheiham Public Health and Primary Care Scholarship is a three-month scholarship offered annually by The Cochrane Collaboration to health workers, consumers and researchers living in developing countries. The aim of the Scholarship is to enable the development of skills in preparing systematic reviews of healthcare interventions within The Cochrane Collaboration. The Scholarship is awarded annually for work on a topic related to public health or primary health care.
The Aubrey Sheiham Scholar spends the three-month Scholarship period in Oxford. The Scholar is based at the UK Cochrane Centre in Oxford for the duration of the Scholarship, and resides in free accommodation provided by The Cochrane Collaboration. The Scholar is expected to prepare a Cochrane Review during the tenure of the Scholarship and, upon returning home, to maintain the review and undertake to train other prospective review authors in Cochrane methods.
Preferred recipients will have:
- a good understanding of both spoken and written English;
- limited access to relevant training where they live; and
- a review topic that is of significant importance to people living in middle- or low-income countries*.
*low- or middle-income countries as defined at http://www.worldbank.org/data/countryclass/classgroups.htm
The Scholarship recipient will be expected to:
- be previously registered as a review author with the Cochrane Review Group relevant to the proposed research area;
- have agreed a review topic with the relevant Cochrane Review Group before submitting an application;
- work primarily from the UK Cochrane Centre in Oxford, but also work closely with one or more UK-based members of a Cochrane Review Group;
- prepare a Cochrane review during the tenure of the Scholarship;
- maintain the Cochrane review on returning home; and
- teach others how to do systematic reviews on returning home.
The Scholarship will cover:
- travel costs including the cost of ordinary fare travel to and from the UK, as well as reasonable travel within the UK to work on the review topic; and the cost of a visa;
- funds to cover reasonable travel expenses within the UK to visit a relevant Review Group or co-author;
- a monthly stipend to cover living costs (free accommodation will be provided in Oxford); and
- a condition of the Scholarship is that Scholars must arrange their own medical insurance for the duration of their visit. Documentation to support this should be provided prior to arrival in the UK.
Applications, in English, should include:
- a full curriculum vitae;
- a description of how the applicant would benefit from the Scholarship;
- a description of how the applicant would use the skills gained on returning home;
- the full names and addresses (e-mail address if possible) of three referees;
- an outline of work already done on systematic reviews or clinical trials, including experience with quantitative data;
- the suggested topic for review, with up to 500 words explaining the relevance to public health and/or primary care; and
- confirmation from the relevant Cochrane Review Group that the topic has been agreed.
- a signed statement from the applicant's head of department, agreeing to release the applicant to take up this Scholarship, should his/her application be successful.
Application and Selection Process
The UK Cochrane Centre (UKCC) establishes and administers the yearly timetable for advertising for and selecting the Sheiham Scholar. Once this has been decided, the UKCC circulates information on requirements and application deadlines to Cochrane entities and e-mail lists. Applications are reviewed by the selection panel, whose members are drawn mainly from developing countries (see http://www.worldbank.org/data/countryclass/classgroups.htm).
Timetable for Applications for the Aubrey Sheiham Scholarship
Early September: Call for applications.
NOTE: Applicants MUST have already agreed a review topic with the relevant Cochrane Review Group before submitting their application.
Last day of October: Deadline for applications.
Early December: Announcement of the name and affiliation of the successful applicant.
Former Scholarship Recipients
2012: There was no Aubrey Sheiham Scholar in 2012.
2011: Chunjie Li (China)
Li C, Lv Z, Shi Z, Zhu Y, Wu Y, Li L. Periodontal therapy for the management of cardiovascular disease in patients with chronic periodontitis (Protocol). Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2011, Issue 7. Art. No.: CD009197. DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD009197.
Li C, Wang Y, Lv Z, Jia Y, Wang S, Shi Z, Chen X, Zhou X. Effect of periodontal treatments on blood pressure (Protocol). Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2011, Issue 11. Art. No.: CD009409. DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD009409.
2010: Martha Eliya (Malawi)
Eliya MC, Banda GW, Primary closure versus delayed closure for non bite traumatic wounds within 24 hours post injury. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2010 (Protocol for a Cochrane Review), Issue 7. Art. No.: CD008574. DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD008574.
2009: Chibuzo Odigwe (Nigeria)
Odigwe CC, Smedslund G, Ejemot-Nwadiaro RI, Anyanechi CC, Krawinkel MB. Supplementary vitamin E, selenium, cysteine and riboflavin for preventing kwashiorkor in preschool children in developing countries. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2010, Issue 4. Art. No.: CD008147. DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD008147.pub2.
2008: There was no Aubrey Sheiham Scholar in 2008.
2007: Janaki Vidanapathirana (Sri Lanka)
Vidanapathirana J, Randeniya M, Operario D. Interventions for reduction of stigma in people with HIV/AIDS (Protocol for a Cochrane Review). Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2007, Issue 3. Art. No.: CD006735. DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD006735.
2006: Belen Dofitas (The Philippines)
Chuh AAt, Dofitas BL, Comisel GG, Reveiz K, Sharma V, Garner SE, Chu F. Interventions for pityriasis rosea. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2007, Issue 2. Art. No.: CD005068. DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD005068.pub2.
2004/5: Yanina Sguassero (Argentina)
1. Sguassero Y, de Onis M, Carroli G. Community-based supplementary feeding for promoting the growth of young children in developing countries. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2005, Issue 4. Art. No.: CD005039.DOI: 10.1002/14651858 CD005039.pub2.
2. Sguassero Y, Booker D, Dennis J, Orellano A, Abalos E. Supplementary feeding with nutritional education for caregivers for promoting growth and development in young children in developing countries. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2007, Issue 2. Art. No.: CD006509. DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD006509.
2003: Mansur Rabiu (Nigeria)
Rabiu M, Alhassan M, Ejere H. Environmental sanitary interventions for preventing active trachoma. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2007, Issue 4. Art. No.: CD004003. DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD004003.pub3.
2002: Karin Schioler (Grenada)
1. Schioler KL, Samuel M, Wai KL. Vaccines for preventing Japanese encephalitis (Cochrane Review). In: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2007, Issue 3. Art. No.: CD004263. DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD004263.pub2.
2. Schioler KL, McCarty CW. Vaccines for preventing dengue infection. (Protocol for a Cochrane Review). In: The Cochrane Library, Issue 1, 2004. Chichester, UK: John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
2001: Charles Shey Wiysonge (The Cameroon)
1. Shey Wiysonge CU, Brocklehurst P, Sterne JAC. Vaginal disinfection during labour for reducing the risk of mother-to-child transmission of HIV infection (Cochrane Review). In: The Cochrane Library, Issue 3, 2002. Oxford: Update Software, Ltd.
2. Shey Wiysonge CU, Brocklehurst P, Sterne JAC. Vitamin A supplementation for reducing the risk of mother-to-child transmission of HIV infection (Cochrane Review). In The Cochrane Library, Issue 3, 2002. Oxford: Update Software, Ltd.
The Bursary Scheme is offered by the Cochrane Complementary Medicine Field, Center for Integrative Medicine, University of Maryland, and made possible through funds from the National Institutes of Health, National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine. The purpose of this bursary scheme is to ensure that reviews relevant to complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) (see below) are completed and published in The Cochrane Library. The bursary scheme funds are to be used either to help support the conversion of a CAM-related Cochrane protocol into a full Cochrane review or to help support a major update (see below) of an existing review. Only Cochrane authors who have already registered CAM-related protocols/reviews with a Cochrane Review Group will be eligible for funding.
- Two review proposals in the amount of $5,000 USD each will be funded annually. The funding must be paid directly to the individual bursary recipient; it cannot be paid to the recipient's institution.
- The review must be registered with a Cochrane Review Group, and the relevant protocol/review must already be published in The Cochrane Library.
- The topic of the review must relate to CAM (see below).
- Bursaries will be targeted to reviews for which substantial progress has already been made, and whose completion has been stalled due to a lack of funding.
- Updates will only be considered if a substantial amount of new information will be added, or if there will be important changes to the methodology, or important changes to the scope of the review or its conclusions. For updates to be considered, the updated review should meet the ‘Criteria for a new citation version of a review’, as described in section 3.2 of the Cochrane Reviewer’s Handbook (www.cochrane-handbook.org).
Applications should include the following:
- Completed application form (required).
- Letter of support from Cochrane Review Group through which the protocol has been registered (optional). Applications will be evaluated based primarily on the submitted application forms (using the assessment criteria below). However, letters of support from Review Groups may also be provided, particularly if such letters would include additional supporting information, not already included in the application form, which might influence assessments.
Proposals will be rated on three criteria:
- Importance and relevance to CAM.
- Assessment of the likelihood that the funding would insure completion and publication of a full review from a protocol or update of an existing review.
- Perceived need for the funding to complete the review.
Reviews relevant to Traditional Chinese Medicine, a primary focus of research at the Center for Integrative Medicine, University of Maryland, are encouraged.
Each proposal will be rated by two representatives from the Cochrane Complementary Medicine Field, both with a sound knowledge of both CAM and systematic reviews.
Complementary medicine includes all such practices and ideas that are outside the domain of conventional medicine in several countries and defined by its users as preventing or treating illness, or promoting health and wellbeing. These practices complement mainstream medicine by 1) contributing to a common whole; 2) satisfying a demand not met by conventional practices; and 3) diversifying the conceptual framework of medicine.
The list of Complementary Medicine Field topics comprises the entire spectrum of heath delivery mechanisms, including treatments that a person largely administers to him or herself (e.g. botanicals, nutritional supplements, health food, meditation, magnetic therapy); treatments that providers administer (e.g. acupuncture, massage therapy, reflexology, laser therapy, balneotherapy, chiropractic and osteopathic manipulations, certain types of psychological counselling, naprapathy); and treatments that a person administers to him or herself under the periodic supervision of a provider (e.g. yoga, biofeedback, Tai Chi, homeopathy, hydrotherapy, Alexander therapy, nutritional therapy, Ayurveda).
In addition to the CM treatments listed in the above paragraph, CM interventions also include Qi Gong, Doman Delcato patterning, Anthroposophical medicine, Unani medicine, Traditional African Medicine, Bach flower remedies, clinical ecology, colon cleansing or irrigation, and music or sound therapy. CM diagnostic techniques, a subgroup in the list, include iridology, kinesiology, Vega testing, biofunctional diagnostic testing, electro-acupuncture by Voll, and hair analysis.
Recipients of 2006 awards
- Jasvinder Singh, for the Cochrane Musculoskeletal Group review ‘Chondroitin for osteoarthritis’.
- Taixiang Wu, for the Cochrane Acute Respiratory Infections Group review ‘Chinese medicinal herbs for the common cold’.
Recipients of 2007 awards
- Suzanne Grant, for the Cochrane Metabolic and Endocrine Disorders Group review ‘Chinese herbal medicine for impaired glucose tolerance or impaired fasting glucose’.
- James Tacklind, for the Cochrane Prostate Group review ‘Serenoa repens for benign prostatic hyperplasia’.
Recipients of 2008 awards
- Anna Lee, for the Cochrane Anaesthesia Group review 'Stimulation of the wrist acupuncture point P6 for preventing postoperative nausea and vomiting'.
- John Deare, for the Cochrane Musculoskeletal Group review ' Acupuncture for treating fibromyalgia'.
Recipients of 2009 awards
- Kalpana Sridharan, for the Cochrane Metabolic and Endocrine Disorders Group review, ' Ayurvedic treatments for diabetes mellitus'.
- Gabriele Dennert for the Cochrane Gynaecological Cancer Group review 'Selenium for preventing cancer'.
Recipients of 2010 awards
- Jeanette Ezzo, for the Cochrane Pain, Palliative, and Supportive Care Group review 'Acupuncture-point stimulation for chemotherapy-induced nausea or vomiting'.
- Jianping Liu, for the Cochrane Metabolic and Endocrine Disorders Group review 'Chinese herbal medicines for type 2 diabetes mellitus'.
Recipients of 2011 awards
- Melainie Cameron for the Cochrane Musculoskeletal Group review 'Herbal therapy for treating osteoarthritis'.
- Xiaoshu Zhu for the Cochrane Menstrual Disorders and Subfertility Group review 'Chinese herbal medicine for menopausal symptoms'
Information about the 2012 CAM Field bursary scheme will be announced on CCINFO and posted on this web page during the latter half of 2012.
The Cochrane Collaboration Steering Group (CCSG) introduced a Visiting Fellowship in 2004, as part of a programme to facilitate quality processes surrounding the production of Cochrane Reviews. The Fellowship was open to all those working (employed or honorary) in a Cochrane entity (i.e. a Review Group, a Centre, a Field/Network, or a Methods Group) towards producing, updating, disseminating or promoting the accessibility of Cochrane Reviews.
In October 2010 the CCSG re-evaluated this Fellowship, and agreed that it should be withdrawn, and that the monies used to support it would be better directed towards some of the Collaboration's more contemporary quality improvement initiatives.
Visiting Fellowship Recipients
2004: Karishma Busgeeth, Trials Search Co-ordinator, HIV/AIDS Cochrane Review Group: To develop the HIV/AIDS trial register [report].
2005: Phil Wiffen, Associate Director, UK Cochrane Centre: To help with training at the Chinese Cochrane Centre [report].
2006: Alain Mayhew, Review Group Co-ordinator, Effective Practice and Organisation of Care Group: To train the staff at the new EPOC satellite, and work with related Cochrane Review Groups and Fields/Networks to develop policies around overlapping and common reviews [report].
2007: Michele Savaris, Review Group Co-ordinator, Sexually Transmitted Diseases Group: To learn about the skills needed to co-ordinate a new Cochrane Review Group [report].
2008/09: Natthaleeya Narash, Administrator, Thai Cochrane Network: To develop better dissemination strategies for promoting The Cochrane Collaboration and access to Cochrane reviews on the Thai Cochrane Network (TCN) website, including translating the higlights of each issue of The Cochrane Library, to develop more structure so that TCN activities are organised better and devolved to the nodes, and communication between them is improved, to learn how to provide better training and support and ensure its sustainability, and to help facilitate interaction between Thai authors and review groups [report].