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Scholarships, awards and prizes

The Royal College of Ophthalmology offers a range of scholarships, awards and prizes every year to undergraduates, researchers and clinicians. Interested? Find out more here.

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.

Open Awards

Upcoming Awards

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.

International Glaucoma Association Research Awards

  • Maximum annual award of £100,000.
  • Postgraduate research award to facilitate patient-orientated research and research directly concerned with the improvement of the management of glaucoma.
  • Applicants may be trainees seeking support for a fellowship or senior researchers seeking a grant for a project.
  • Applications from departments and individuals based in the UK or Eire, but the research studies may be carried out elsewhere. Multidisciplinary research teams are encouraged and should include a member/fellow.

Patrick Trevor Roper Undergraduate Travel Awards

  • Three annual awards of £550.
  • Open to all undergraduate medical students from the UK and Eire only with an interest in the subspecialty.
  • Can be used to fund electives in Ophthalmology and may be spent on travelling or subsistence.

Dorey Bequest & William Lister Travel Awards

  • Annual award for ophthalmologists in training.
  • The number and value of the awards is determined by the state of the funds and the candidate’s requirements; the amount awarded is generally between £300 and £600.
  • Those who have received a travel award from the Ethicon Foundation Fund are not eligible to apply.

Essay Prize for Foundation Doctors

  • The winners of 2nd and 3rd place are presented with certificates and the 1st prize is given free entry into Congress to present work as a poster and is invited to attend the Admission Ceremony.
  • 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.
  • Applicant must submit short essay on the specified topic to the judging panel; essay title changes annually.

Keeler Scholarship

  • 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.

Fight For Sight/Royal Society of Medicine Award

The Ophthalmology Clinical Research Training Fellowship

RCOphth/NIHR Researcher of the Year 2018

BOSU Surveillance Study Bursary

Fight for Sight and RCOphth – John Lee Fellowship Primer Award 2019

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 Awards & Scholarship enquiries to [email protected].

Awards & Prizes Reports

Read the reports from previous successful applicants and hear what they achieved with their awards and prizes.

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