Awards and Prizes

 

The Royal College of Ophthalmologists offers a wide range of travel awards and clinical/research fellowships, details of which are listed below.  Names of winners are published annually unless individual opt-out requests are received by the College.   

 

Award Information
Closing Date

Bayer Educational Grant Awards
Multiple awards, variant on location

Applications are invited for grants from the Bayer Educational Grant Fund.

  • This grant has been established from 2014 by the generosity of Bayer for the purpose of supporting Ophthalmologists to present work at educational meetings in the UK and overseas. It is intended that this will promote involvement in research, service development and audit for the benefit of the UK National Health Service.  
  • Applications are welcome from any grade of ophthalmologist working in the UK. 
  • Applications will only be considered from those who are current and paid up Fellows, Members or Affiliate Members of The Royal College of Ophthalmologists.
     

Multiple application rounds per year: 

1 April 2015 (may be subject to change)
30 September 2015 (may be subject to change)
 

 

 
International Glaucoma Association
The maximum award will be £75,000
A shortlist of candidates will be invited to interview
 
  • This is a postgraduate research award to facilitate research into glaucoma.
  • Applicants may be trainees seeking support for a fellowship or senior researchers seeking a grant for a project.
  • Applications are invited from departments and individuals based in the UK or Eire but the research studies may be carried out elsewhere.
  • The IGA encourages patient orientated research and research directly concerned with the improvement of the management of glaucoma.
  • Multidisciplinary research teams are encouraged and should include a member/fellow of The Royal College of Ophthalmology but co-applicants (and project lead) may include hospital/community based optometrists and/or nurses undertaking glaucoma research in the UK and Eire.
  • Animal experimentation is specifically excluded from work supported by the International Glaucoma Association Fellowships. 
  • Grants must be taken up within nine months,  unless the grantee makes an application, with explanation, to the Chair of the IGA Grants Committee for approval. 
 
Friday, 30 January 2015
 
Keeler Scholarship
On award of up to £30,000
A shortlist of candidates will be invited to interview
 
  • To enable the Keeler Scholar, for the subsequent benefit of ophthalmology in the UK, to study, research or acquire special skills, knowledge or experience at a suitable location in the United Kingdom or elsewhere for a minimum period of six months.
  • Applicants must be Fellows, Members or Affiliates of the Royal College of Ophthalmologists, in good standing. 
  • Potential applicants who have received substantial (usually meaning amounts greater than the value of the scholarship) funding for their project are not eligible for the Keeler Scholarship.
  • The Trustees will give special consideration to candidates intending to make a career in ophthalmology in the United Kingdom.
  • Applicants may apply retrospectively but should not be more than 3 months into the fellowship for which they are applying for support by the closing date.
 
The Keeler Scholarship is awarded every two years. 2016 closing date and application form will be made available in the second half of 2015.
 
 
Fight for Sight
One award of £5,000
A shortlist of candidates will be invited to interview 
 
  • Applications are invited from young ophthalmologists and scientists working in the field of ophthalmology throughout the UK.
  • The award will be made in recognition of the completion of a significant piece of research (completed within 18 months prior to the closing date) in an area that falls within the remit of the charity.  It is intended that the award will be used to further the education of the award winner by being spent on research-related activities including attendance at conferences and seminars on ophthalmology. 
  • Applicants must be under 40 on 1 January 2015.
  • Applicants may be non-UK citizens.  College membership is not required.
 
Wednesday, 4 February 2015
 
Patrick Trevor Roper Award
Three awards of £550 each
 
  • Applications are invited for this award in Ophthalmology, which is open to all undergraduate medical students from the UK and Eire only with an interest in the subspecialty. 
  • This money can be used to fund electives in Ophthalmology and may be spent on travelling or subsistence. 
 
Wednesday, 10 June 2015
 
Dorey Bequest & Sir William Lister Travel Awards
Multiple awards of £300 £600
 
  • The award is for ophthalmologists in training who are citizens of the United Kingdom as well as Members, Affiliates or Fellows of the Royal College of Ophthalmologists, in good standing.
  • The number and value of the awards will be determined by the state of the funds and the candidate's requirements; the amount awarded is generally between £300 and £600.
  • Retrospective applications will not be considered.
 
Wednesday, 23 September 2015
 
Ethicon Foundation Fund
Multiple awards of £300 £1,000
 
  • The fund was established by the generosity of Ethicon for the purpose of promoting international goodwill in ophthalmology by providing financial assistance to Fellows, Members or Affiliate Members of the College who have passed the Refraction Certificate and FRCOphth Part 1 who are travelling abroad for research or training. 
  • The Committee favours applications which demonstrate that applicants are using their initiative to obtain clinical experience above and beyond that which they would derive from a routine exchange or secondment to an overseas centre.  It is envisaged that the award will support more senior trainees towards the end of their training who have already gained some relevant experience in this country. This should not, however, discourage junior trainees with an outstanding project from applying.
  • On occasions grants may be made to senior applicants who may be visiting an overseas centre to teach and/or learn new techniques. The Committee does not, in general, favour grants to enable an applicant to attend a meeting or conference overseas; neither does it favour grants to support the travel and subsistence of an applicant’s family.
  • There are two separate categories: long-term fellowships (one month plus in duration) and short-term visits (under one month).
  • Retrospective applications will not be considered.
 
New closing date:                   Wednesday, 17 December 2014

The John Lee Fellowship 2015

This is a joint fellowship between the Royal College of Ophthalmologists and the Medical Research Council (MRC).  One clinical research training fellowship, set up to advance the science and practice of ophthalmology, will be awarded jointly to honour the late Mr John Lee.  Applicants must be members of the College, UK trainee ophthalmologists and wanting to work towards a doctoral degree.  The fellowship will provide an opportunity for someone who aspires to a career as a clinician scientist or who wishes to strengthen their future clinical practice to undertake a period of clinical, epidemiological or laboratory-based research related to eye disorders.    

All applications must be submitted via the Joint Electronic Submission system (Je-S) that is managed by the MRC.  Please click here

www.mrc.ac.uk/skills-careers/fellowships/clinical-fellowships/jointly-funded-clinical-research-training-fellowship/

to upload the 36-page Fellowship Handbook for Applicants, joint funding form and Fellowship CV template.

 Call opens: 15 November 2014

  • Submissions by 4pm: 14 January 2015
  • Short listing: May 2015
  • Interviews: 24 - 25 June 2015
  • Take up dates: August 2015 to January 2016 2015

 

4pm, 14 January 2015

The Ophthalmology Clinical Research Training Fellowship 2015

The Clinical Research Training Fellowships, supported by the Medical Research Council (MRC), The Royal College of Ophthalmologists and Novartis Pharmaceuticals Ltd, focus on ophthalmology research training within the United Kingdom. The programme aims to develop research leaders of the future, address strategic research skills and support talented individuals at critical points in their career as they develop and establish themselves.

The MRC’s Clinical Research Training Fellowships provide up to three years' support for clinically qualified, active professionals to undertake specialised or further research training in the bio-medical sciences within the United Kingdom.  Up to two fellowships may be made available per year and are open to all UK-based ophthalmologists.  All applications must be submitted via the Joint Electronic Submission system (Je-S) that is managed by the MRC.  Please click here

www.mrc.ac.uk/skills-careers/fellowships/clinical-fellowships/clinical-research-training-fellowship-crtf/

for additional information and to upload the 36-page Fellowship Handbook for Applicants, joint funding form and Fellowship CV template.

First call opens: 15 November 2014

  • Submissions by 4pm: 14 January 2015
  • Short listing: May 2015
  • Interviews: 24 - 25 June 2015
  • Take up dates: August 2015 to January 2016 2015

Second call opens: 29 July 2015

  • Submissions by 4pm: 9 September 2015
  • Short listing: February 2016
  • Interviews: 2 - 3 March 2016
  • Take up dates: April 2016 to September 2016

 

First round: 4pm, 14 January 2015 

 

Second round: 4pm, 9 September 2015

 

 
All award recipients are required to submit a written report within three months of the completion of their Fellowship/research, to be circulated to the RCOphth Education Committee and the awarding body.  Please review the enclosed report format guidance.
 
Please direct any Awards & Scholarship enquiries to Vanna Fadda, Education and Training Coordinator, vanna.fadda@rcophth.ac.uk .
 
 

 

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