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:


Award Information
Closing Date

Bayer Educational Grant Awards
Multiple awards, variant on location

New for 2014!  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: 

9 July 2014
3 November 2014
1 April 2015 (may be subject to change)
30 September 2015 (may be subject to change)


International Glaucoma Association
The maximum award will be £90,000
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.
  • The maximum award will be £90,000 but the awards committee welcomes applications for lesser amounts with the awards being made based on the quality of the application and the expected benefit to patients with 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. 
2015 date / new application form will be published shortly.
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, those Fellows, Members and Affiliates being 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 Scholarship is awarded every two years. 2016 closing date to be confirmed in due course.
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 2014.
2015 date / new application form will be published shortly.
Patrick Trevor Roper Award
Two 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. 
2015 date / new application form will be published shortly.
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 and 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, 24 September 2014
Ethicon Foundation Fund
Multiple awards of £300 £1000
  • 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 RCOphth and Medical Research Council (MRC); applications must be made to the MRC.

  • Call opens: 29 July 2014
  • Submissions by 4pm: 06 September 2014
  • Short listing: February 2015
  • Interviews: 11 - 12 March 2015
  • Take up dates: April 2015 to September 2015


4pm, 6 September 2014

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, .