Cornell University, Division of Nutritional Sciences

Position ID:Cornell-DNS-SI1 [#21107]
Position Title: WHO/Cochrane/Cornell Summer Institute
Position Type:Other
Position Location:Ithaca, New York 14853, United States Minor Outlying Islands [map] sort by distance
Subject Area: Nutrition
Appl Deadline: finished (2022/02/28, finished 2022/12/17, listed until 2022/06/16)
Position Description:    

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WHO/Cochrane/Cornell University Summer Institute

The week of July 4 and the week of July 25, 2022, Cornell University, Ithaca campus


This unique institute is typically held on the Cornell University campus; it brings together experts from the World Health Organization (WHO), Cochrane, and Cornell University to train participants in the development of systematic reviews of nutrition interventions in populations. 

In 2022, the Institute will be conducted in a virtual format that combines asynchronous instruction (work at your own pace, in teams) with synchronous (live, collaborative and interactive), and all sessions will be held between 10am and 1pm EDT. The Institute is two weeks in length, requiring consecutive days of availability during the week of July 4 and the week of July 25. Further details showing the calendar of sessions is available on our website (please see this site:

July 4 and the week of July 25.Further details showing the calendar of sessions is available on our website (please see this site: -cochrane-cornell-summer-institute)

Systematic reviews following the Cochrane methodology are used to ensure that WHO recommendations are based on sound evidence. Participants will learn to apply the Grading of Recommendations Assessment, Development, and Evaluation (GRADE) tool to assess the overall quality of evidence.

Who should attend?

The institute is intended for nutrition scientists and practitioners with interest in the application of scientific evidence in policy making. Candidates must have a university degree in health or social sciences with interest in nutrition interventions for public health and be willing to be co-authors on a Cochrane review.

Applications from women and from nationals of low- and middle-income countries are particularly encouraged.

Program benefits

In this program, you will:

  • update and develop your technical skills and knowledge in systematic reviews of nutrition and nutrition-sensitive interventions;
  • build understanding of the process for global policy making, nutrition, and evidence assessment and its challenges;
  • complete hands-on training in the development of Cochrane systematic reviews on a topic of immediate global health relevance in nutrition and public health; 
  • develop confidence with the review methods and foster development of professional networks with fellow participants and faculty.

If you are interested in attending the program, please apply using this portal, and submit the following materials:

  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Letter of interest to describe the following:
    • Your area of interest
    • Whether you will work on an existing systematic review (describe the review topic, names, affiliations and expertise of co-authors including the senior author on the review), or whether you wish to propose a topic (if you intend to propose a topic, please describe how you will identify collaborators)
    • Sponsorship/mentor approval
    • Commitment to complete a review and a description of the skills you bring to the workshop and your goals in attending
    • Financial support that will be provided to you and by whom
    • Names of two colleagues providing a letter of reference for you. It is your reasonability to be sure these letters are uploaded to this portal. 
    • Have you previously applied to the Summer Institute? If so, when and what was the decision?
  • Two letters of reference that specifically address your research and technical skills, and your readiness for the Institute.
    • Reference letters may be submitted by your letter writers, OR uploaded by the applicant on the writers' behalf, through our online system. (Note: if you include your letters of reference within your application packet, as opposed to uploading them separately, you may receive an auto-generated message reminding you to submit reference letters. Please feel free to contact us at to confirm that your application packet has been received in its entirety. Note that, we check each weekday and we will send a confirmation receipt of your materials and inform you when your application is complete.)

Application Materials Required:
Submit the following items online at this website to complete your application:
Further Info:
email address
Cornell University
Division of Nutritional Sciences
Savage Hall, Ithaca, NY 14853