Graduate Fellowship to Support Research Related to the Mandate of the Evidence Based Decision Making


The purpose of this fellowship is to support a full-time master’s student based in health sciences or health services at Memorial University of Newfoundland, with a research focus on issues identified by the Evidence Based Practice (EBP) Council of the Health Care Corporation of St. John’s.


  • Financial support will be provided to support one full-time student for two (2) years
  • Opened to students enrolled in full time studies in any health-related program.
  • Health Care Foundation, through Graduate Studies will provide twelve thousand dollars (12,000.00) of financial assistance for the recipient to participate in the chosen program.
  • Project/area of study must be approved by the Evidence Based Practice Council.
  • Students are limited to the amount of paid employment they can take on outside their academic activities and are expected to engage in their research (10-15 hours per week) in semesters during which courses are taken in their first academic year.
  • Following the completion of their first year courses, the successful applicant will be expected to work on their research project on a full-time basis until completion or until funding lapses.
  • Students will be called upon to regularly provide progress reports on a semester basis to the Council.


The student’s advisory committee must have at least (but is not limited to) one member of the Evidence Based Practice Council.


The supervisor, the Evidence Based Practice Council and the student will determine the precise topic that the student will pursue jointly.
A formal proposal must be submitted with the application for the fellowship.
A multi-disciplinary approach is encouraged and both rigorous qualitative and quantitative research is supported.
Guidelines for conducting research as outlined by the Human Investigation Committee apply.


Applications must be received by the School of Graduate Studies no later than 5:00 o’clock pm on 31 July of each year. Late applications will not be considered.

Applications must include:
- Verification of acceptance or a conditional letter of acceptance to a graduate program
- An electronic and written proposal including abstract demonstrating knowledge of the application of evidence based practice
- Benefits to the Health Care Corporation of St. John’s
- Methodology
- Time line for completion
- Method of dissemination of findings
- Two (2) letters of reference to support the academic experience and application of knowledge.

Students are encouraged to review their proposal with a faculty member of the Evidence Based Council.

Evidence Based Practice Council


The purpose of the Evidence Based Practice Council is to guide the development, application and evaluation of evidence-based practice within the Health Care Corporation of St. John’s. This committee has been in place since 2003.





Ms. Sharon Smith, Chair

Director, Clinical Efficiency

Dr. Brendan Barrett

Nephrologist, Medicine Program

Dr. Rick Audas

Community Medicine, MUN

Ms. Mary Manojlovich

Professional Practice Coordinator, Occupational Therapy

Mr. Wayne Miller

Director, Planning and Research

Ms. Janet Templeton

Director, Admissions Management

Ms. Elaine Warren

Program Director, Surgery Program

Dr. Anne Kearney

Research Coordinator, Center for Nursing Studies

Ms. Linda Hollett

Manager, Dialysis

Ms. Ricki Fisher

Information Specialist, Health Records

Ms. Sharon Barnes

Manager, Organizational Development

Ms. Heather Predham

Director, Quality and Systems Improvement

Ms. Stephanie Young

Clinical Pharmacist, Pharmacy Department

Ms. Cathy Burke

Director, Nursing Service Development


Met with, and presented to, a number of clinical programs regarding evidence based practice and the role of the committee.

Compiled an inventory of Evidence Based Practice tools in use in the clinical programs.

Developed a policy for approval by the Administrative Policy Committee, defining clinical utilization tools.

Initiated the establishment of a graduate student fellowship.

Developed a template for internal use to guide the submission of evidence based practice tools to the Newfoundland Health Boards Association.

Commenced the development of a document titled “Improving Effectiveness by Using Evidence” to support evidence based practice, including an outline for education sessions.

Supported a number of clinical programs by conducting literature reviews and summarizing the literature on a number of topics, including pain management, bowel preparation for surgery and elder care. These reviews led to discussions regarding policy and practice changes, as well as ongoing quality improvement.


Developing stronger linkages between our organization and others involved in research, such as Memorial University.

Resources for the committee, as meetings are held with programs, researchable topics do arise that sometimes lend themselves to a critique of the literature and possible research.

Identifying means for knowledge transfer within the organization.

Maintaining a current inventory of evidence based practice tools.

Evaluating the effectiveness of, and compliance with, clinical utilization tools in use within the organization.

Strategic Directions

Continue to develop linkages to support evidence based practice and knowledge transfer.

Over see the development of an evidence based decision-making model.

Develop a plan that will advance the transfer of knowledge within the organization.

Continue to develop linkages with academic centers to ensure communication of research topics and results.Contact

Interested students can contact Rick Audas at or Sharon Smith at or Wayne Miller at


School of Graduate Studies

230 Elizabeth Ave, St. John's, NL, CANADA, A1B 3X9

Postal Address: P.O. Box 4200, St. John's, NL, CANADA, A1C 5S7

Tel: (709) 864-8000