Fellowship Programme on Guideline Methodology

Following the success of this ERS fellowship in 2015, the European Respiratory Society (ERS) is pleased to announce an open call for the Fellowship Programme on Guidelines Methodology 2016-2017. Applications will be accepted from 1 May to 1 July at 23:59 (Central European Time)

This exciting collaboration between ERS, the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) and Cochrane is designed to meet the increasing demand for well-developed, evidence-based clinical practice guidelines. It provides the necessary training and placements for researchers to gain the theoretical and practical skills required for developing high quality guidelines. This fellowship programme encompasses two parts: the first is dedicated to training in systematic reviews and hosted by Cochrane Iberoamerica in Barcelona, Spain. The second focuses on developing guidelines and is hosted by NICE in Manchester, UK.

Terms and conditions

  • All applicants must be ERS members at the time of application or upon selection at the latest.
  • Candidates should be postgraduates holding a university degree in any field related to respiratory medicine or science (MD, MSc, PhD, MD-PhD). Alternatively, candidates may be qualified professionals (non-MD) either working in or with an interest in working in evidence-based medicine (epidemiologists, statisticians, allied health professionals).
  • Candidates should be currently engaged in or have a high interest in evidence based medicine, methodology or guideline development
  • There is no upper age limit for eligibility; however, preference will be given to applicants who are in the early stages of their career.
  • This fellowship programme is open to candidates based in Europe
  • Candidates must be fluent in English
  • On completion of the fellowship, applicants will be expected to take part in at least one ERS task force aiming to produce a clinical practice guideline.
  • Fellowships will last 6 months (3 months for the first part and 3 months for the second part). Duration may not be reduced nor split.
  • Fellowships must commence after funding decision dates, allowing for sufficient time to complete travel, visa, passport and housing formalities. The fellowship must be started within 3 months from the positive notification date.
  • The fellowship is to be carried out in a full time basis. The total ERS grant amount should cover living costs and flat travel costs from home to host institutions and back.

Application documents

  • A brief CV (including a list of publications)
  • A letter of motivation
  • A digital passport-style photo
  • A scanned copy of candidate's passport or national identity card
  • A scanned copy of candidate's highest degree (PhD, MD, MSc etc.)


The deadline to apply is 1 July 2016. Applicants selected for interview will be informed in early August 2016. Interviews will be held during the ERS Congress (3-7 September 2016) and successful candidates will be informed by the end of September 2016. The training should start between November 2016 and March 2017.