Each year, the RCOphth offers a generous number of scholarships, travel awards and clinical/research fellowships in partnership with other organisations. These cover a wide variety of areas, from specialist research, to help with funding electives for undergraduates.
We ask all our reward recipients to submit a written report within three months of completing their fellowship/research, using this report format guidance. The report is circulated to the RCOphth Education Committee and the awarding body.
An award grant is a great way to enhance continued professional development and contribute to research, service development and audit for the benefit of the eye care services in the UK.
Patrick Trevor Roper Undergraduate Travel Awards
- 2022 is the 25th anniversary of the establishment of the PTR Travel Award. To mark this special occasion there will be six awards made rather than the usual three.
- Open to all undergraduate medical students from the UK and Ireland only with an interest in the subspecialty.
- Can be used to fund electives in Ophthalmology and may be spent on travelling or subsistence.
- Closing date: 1st August 2022 (extended from 1st July 2022)
RCOphth Zakarian Awards 2022
These new awards are offered jointly between the Royal College of Ophthalmologists and Fight for Sight. Fight for Sight’s mission is to stop sight loss by funding the highest quality medical research. The RCOphth recognises that research is the basis of high-quality evidence-based clinical care, services, and policies. They are named to honour the late Miss Zakarian who generously left Fight for Sight a legacy to help the charity support pioneering researchers.
Essay Prize for Foundation Doctors 2022
- Entries are now invited on the essay “Why is ophthalmology so brilliant?”. Essays must be up to 1500 words.
- The competition is open to all those currently in a UK Foundation Programme (F1, F2) at the time of submission, as well as those who have completed the UK Foundation Programme but have not yet achieved an OST1 post.
- Closing date: Monday 5 September 2022
Dorey Bequest & William Lister Travel Awards
- 2022 is the 30th anniversary of the establishment of the Dorey Lister Travel Awards. To mark this special occasion the maximum amount awarded has been raised to £1000.
- Annual award for ophthalmologists in training.
- The number and value of the awards are determined by the state of the funds and the candidate’s requirements; the amount awarded is generally between £300 and £600. For 2022 to mark the 30th anniversary of the award the maximum available will be £1000.
- Those who have received a travel award from the Ethicon Foundation Fund are not eligible to apply.
- Closing date: Friday 30 September 2022
Keeler Scholarship 2022
- One award every two years of up to £30,000.
- To study, research or acquire special skills, knowledge or experience at a suitable location in the UK or elsewhere for a minimum period of six months for the subsequent benefit of Ophthalmology in the UK.
- 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 UK.
- Closing date: Monday 5 December 2022
Unless otherwise stated, applicants must be UK citizens as well as Members and Fellows in good standing of The Royal College of Ophthalmologists.
Please direct any travel Awards & Scholarship enquiries to [email protected].