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Developing Country Stipends

Application deadline for stipends has passed. Notifications will be sent out by Monday 4 July 2011.

The Cochrane Collaboration is committed to promoting and supporting the involvement of contributors to the Collaboration who are from developing countries. Stipends to help cover travel costs and other expenses associated with attending the Cochrane Colloquium in Madrid, Spain, 19-22 October 2011, are available for residents of low and middle income countries that are actively contributing to The Cochrane Collaboration. Funds are, however, very limited, so if you can find some or all the money you need from another source (such as the Cochrane entity with which you are involved or your institution), please do so. Before submitting your application for a developing country stipend, please read the following criteria and application instructions carefully. Please note that the application form has been partly changed since last year.

Consumers living in developing countries should apply for a consumer stipend.

Application criteria
Individuals who wish to apply for a stipend must be:

  1. permanent residents in low, lower-middle and upper-middle income countries as defined by the World Bank.
  2. active contributors to The Cochrane Collaboration as a review author, editor, Trials Search Co-ordinator, methodologist, handsearcher, peer reviewer, translator or co-ordinator of local Cochrane activities; active involvement must have started no later than one year before the Colloquium.
  3. able to attend the entire Colloquium. Make sure that the conference dates do not conflict with any other commitment you may have, and that your employer is happy for you to attend the Colloquium. We will not fund partial attendance of the Colloquium.
  4. strongly recommended by a Cochrane entity (Review Group, Field, Network, Centre) or an individual highly involved with Cochrane. You will be asked to indicate the Cochrane entity that you are most closely associated with or an individual that can comment on your involvement. In the event that your application ranks highly, the Stipends Committee will contact this entity or individual for a statement of support.

Application recommendations and limitations

  • Partial funding: To be able to fund as many people as possible to attend the Colloquium, our preference is to provide partial support only. Your chances of receiving a stipend are higher if you are able to cover part of the costs yourself or from other sources. The application form will ask for information on other organisations that you have contacted to obtain funding.
  • Geographical and cultural proximity: People from the region and neighbouring regions where the Colloquium is held or that have a cultural relation to the host country (i.e. Europe, Northern Africa and Latin America) are especially encouraged to apply.
  • Upper-middle income country residents: Contributors based in upper-middle income countries are expected to cover at least 25% of their costs themselves.
  • Cochrane employees: Applicants that are employed and paid by a Cochrane entity are expected to cover at least 25% of their costs themselves.
  • Persons temporarily based in high income countries: Applications from residents of low and middle income countries that are currently based in a high income country may be considered on a case by case basis if the stay is clearly limited to a specific period of time and the applicant does not receive a salary. Please contact the Stipends Secretariat (dcstipends@cochrane.org) before you submit your application, if this applies to you.

Judgement of applications
Applicants will be judged according to the following criteria:

  • involvement in The Cochrane Collaboration
  • contribution to the Colloquium programme
  • anticipated gains from attending the Colloquium
  • ability to raise partial funds to support attendance
  • geographical proximity to the country where the Colloquium is held
  • recommendation from a Cochrane entity
  • previous receipt of a Colloquium stipend

What costs are covered?
Funds may be available for one or more of the following:

  • Travel to and from Madrid (most economical return air fare)
  • Ground travel expenses from your home to the airport
  • Visa and travel insurance
  • Accommodation at one of the Colloquium hotels for a maximum of 6 nights
  • Registration fee, which entitles you to attend all sessions, conference materials, lunches and coffee breaks from 19-22 October 2011 incl. attendance at the social events
  •  Allowance for ground travel and meals not included in the registration fee

How to apply
People who wish to be included in the selection process are required to complete the online application form and to create a user account on the Colloquium website. Once you created an account, log in and complete the application form under the menu ‘Make a submission’. Application deadline is Monday 30 May 2011.

Please note: Don’t register for the Colloquium before you receive notification of the result of your stipend application.

Selection and notification of stipend recipients
All submitted applications will be screened and those meeting the eligibility criteria will be considered by the Developing Country Stipends Committee. Confirmed members of the Developing Country Stipends Committee are:

Caroline Rouse, UK (Co-Chair)
Ivan Solà, Spain (Co-Chair)
Joy Oliver, South Africa
Mario Tristán, Costa Rica

You will be notified of the results of your application by Monday 4 July 2011.

Further help
If you require assistance with your application, please contact Caroline Rouse and Juliane Ried at dcstipends@cochrane.org.