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Research Fellowships

The University of York’s Centre for Reviews and Dissemination (CRD) is pleased to support qualified applicants wishing to pursue a research fellowship focusing on evidence synthesis.

  • CRD is an academic research department that specialises in evidence synthesis and is known for developing and implementing complex systematic review methods.
  • 92% of health research, which includes CRD, at the University of York was rated, in the 2021 Research Excellence Framework (REF) assessment, as “world leading” (4*).
  • CRD is a friendly and supportive department that is part of a wider health and social care research community within the University of York.
  • CRD is committed to diversity and equality and fostering an inclusive culture where we can all be ourselves.
  • We particularly welcome applications from people who identify as being from the Black African and Caribbean Heritage community, Asian or other ethnic background that is underrepresented at the University.
  • The University of York has an award-winning programme for researcher development.

The Fellowships at York page and the Fellowships Wiki (for University of York members only) provide more information on completing a Fellowship at York. There is also a Fellowships section on the Google drive for University of York members only.

Why Choose CRD?

Excellence in research

CRD is an academic research department that specialises in and is at the forefront of evidence synthesis. Our systematic reviews and other evidence synthesis projects span a broad range of health and public health areas to provide best evidence to inform policy and practice decisions. We are underpinned by a programme of methodological development and commitment to knowledge exchange. Our research provides a fertile ground for methods development, with many evidence synthesis projects generating data and research questions requiring methodological advances.

Friendly and supportive department

Your supervisor will support you throughout the application process and throughout your research. The department has an inclusive culture, where everyone is welcome and nurtured. We recently attained an Athena Swan Bronze award and will apply for a Silver award in 2024. We are also piloting the REPAG (Race Equality Public Action Group) racial equality recognition process.

How to Apply

In the first instance, please send an expression of interest to This should include your CV, a short description of your research proposal, which funder you intend to apply to, why you think you would be a suitable candidate, and who you would like to supervise your research (if you have someone in mind).

If you do not have a specific supervisor in mind, we will try to match your proposal to a suitable member of CRD staff.

Your proposed supervisor will contact you to discuss your application, and how to proceed.


We will evaluate each expression of interest on the basis of:

  • academic merit
  • how well it aligns with our research themes
  • the eligibility of the candidate for the proposed funding scheme

Case studies

Read the case studies from some of our current and former Fellows.