Cochrane Review Finishing School for Nigerian Authors (RAP 2016)

The Reviews for Africa Programme (RAP) Nigeria aims to train African health researchers and providers in the science of research synthesis and assist them to initiate and prepare a Cochrane Review, ultimately for publication in The Cochrane Library. The strategic focus of RAP reviews are priority health conditions and issues such as HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, malaria, diarrhoea and others relevant to Africa especially those focusing on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

The reviews for Africa Programme consists of three phases

Phase 1: Protocol Development Workshop

Phase 2: Publication of the protocol, preparation of the Cochrane Review – 6-8 months

Phase 3: Cochrane Review Finishing School

Cochrane Nigeria wishes to invite applications for the Cochrane Review Finishing School – the third phase of the Reviews for Africa Programme. The Cochrane Review Finishing School is a short review completion course for Cochrane review authors who are keen on completing their review but lack the dedicated research time and the expertise to do so.

The aim of the completion course is to help authors who are finding it difficult to complete their review to a level it can go for peer review. In addition, the interns will be equipped with the necessary resources to mentor others as well as the skills for engagement in evidence based health policy initiatives.

The course will consist of group discussion sessions, one-on-one support, group taught sessions and individual work time.

Eligibility Criteria: Cochrane Review Authors based in Nigeria and who have published a protocol in the Cochrane Library are eligible to apply. In addition, applicants must have received their search outputs from their respective trial search coordinators.

Venue: Institute of Tropical Diseases Research & Prevention, University of Calabar Teaching Hospital, Calabar, Nigeria.

Date: 9th – 17th October 2016

Fellowship: Funding is available to cover transport, accommodation, course materials, and post-course support for a limited number of participants.

How to apply:  Download the application form here, complete the application form and submit it with relevant supporting documentation to: and copy Bisi at

Deadline for applications: 19th September 2016

Should your application be successful, we will inform you in writing by 3rd October 2016 with further instructions.


This fellowship is supported by the Effective Health Care Research Programme Consortium (with assistance from Ukaid) and organized in partnership with the following organizations:

1. Cochrane South Africa and African Cochrane Network. Cape Town, South Africa.

2. Cochrane Infectious Diseases Group, School of Tropical Medicine, UK.

3. Cochrane HIV and AIDS Review Group

4. Institute of Tropical Diseases Research & Prevention, University of Calabar Teaching Hospital, Calabar, Nigeria.

Further enquiries

Please call Bisi on: +234(0)8056071976 or Moriam: +234(0)8039733998

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