Fellowship on Guideline Methodology

In light of the COVID-19 outbreak and in agreement with our partners at the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence and Cochrane, we regret to inform you that the decision has been taken to cancel this fellowship programme for 2020. We will provide further information regarding the next call in March 2021.

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 is 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.
  • 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 from any country.
  • 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 usually starts betwwen January (for a completion end of June) and May (for a completion in October).
  • 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 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 early June of each year. Applicants selected for interview will be informed in early July. Interviews will be organised face-to-face for applicants attending the ERS Internal Congress of the corresponding year and by teleconference for those not attending. Successful candidates will be informed by the end of September and the training will take place beginning in January of the following year.

Hear from previous fellowship recipients

Alexander Mathioudakis:

The ERS Fellowship in Guidelines Methodology is a fantastic opportunity for clinicians and researchers interested in evidence-based medicine and guidelines methodology. Working with experienced methodologists and guideline developers, inspiring and friendly mentors who were (and still are) very keen to involve me in their projects, honed my critical thinking, knowledge and experience in research methodology, boosted my career opportunities and international network and led to a number of good quality publications. What is more, I was able to get involved in the ERS Guidelines Working Group and to contribute to the development of one of the ERS Guidelines.

Diogenes Seraphim Ferreira

Evidence-based medicine should be at the core of clinical practice in the 21st century, and evidence-based clinical practice guidelines are very important to support optimal healthcare. The ERS Fellowship on Guideline Methodology provided me with great "hands-on" training in systematic reviews and GRADE at Cochrane Iberoamerica, and with the opportunity to observe several steps of guideline development at the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence in Manchester. With the knowledge I gained during the fellowship I can synthesize the available evidence and help make recommendations for improved respiratory care.