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Awards and Prizes

RCOphth offers a wide range of travel awards and clinical/research fellowships in partnership with other organisations. Names of winners are published annually unless individual opt-out requests are received. 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 use the Report Format Guidance.

Plagiarism will result in disqualification.

Please direct any Awards & Scholarship enquiries to [email protected] .

Open Awards

Closed Awards

  • RCOphth and NIHR Researcher of the Year Awards 2019
  • 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
  • The Nettleship Medal 2019
  • Fight for Sight and RCOphth – John Lee Fellowship Primer Award 2019
  • IGA Award 2020
  • Keeler Scholarship 2020
  • Patrick Trevor-Roper Undergraduate Travel Award 2020
Open Awards – Information to apply Closing Date

Ulverscroft David Owen Award

Applications are invited for the second Ulverscroft David Owen Award, for recognition of high-quality research into paediatric ophthalmology. The Foundation, in partnership with the College is offering a prize of £500.

Application must be made by those with research in paediatric ophthalmology and visual sciences. Applications must be made by the first author and senior author together, either the first or lead author must be an ophthalmologist and a member of the RCOphth. The applicants should be based, and have undertaken the research, at a British institution. The paper must have been published in a peer reviewed scientific journal after 1 January 2018.

Timetable for 2020 award:

  • Applications open: 11 November 2019
  • Applications close: 5 February 2020
  • Announcement of winner: 24 February 2020
  • Award made at Congress 2020 Congress Award Ceremony in Birmingham

Judging panel:

The Royal College of Ophthalmologists’ Paediatric Sub-committee.


17:00 Weds 5 Feb 2020

Essay Prize for Foundation Doctors 2020

The College is now accepting applications to the 2020 Essay Prize for Foundation Doctors.

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.

Entries are invited on the essay “The World Health Organisation’s ‘Vision 2020’ project aims to eliminate avoidable blindness. Discuss the achievements of this project, and remaining challenges.”.

Essays have a strict word limit of 1,500 words.

Further details can be found here.

 17.00 Monday 5 October 2020.

Sir William Lister and Dorey Bequest Travel Awards 2020

Applications to the Sir William Lister and Dorey Bequest Travel Awards are now being accepted.

The Award is to fund travel for ophthalmologists in training who are citizens of the UK, as well as being Members and Fellows of the Royal College of Ophthalmologists in good standing.

There are multiple annual awards of between £300 and £600.

The application form can be found here:

17.00 Friday 30 October 2020