Awards and Prizes
RCOphth 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.
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 Miss Imogen Armstrong, Examinations, Education and Training Administrator: firstname.lastname@example.org .
- The Ophthalmology Clinical Research Training Fellowship 2015
- Bayer Award Application Form 2015
- Keeler Scholarship Application Form 2016
- Patrick Trevor-Roper Undergraduate Award Application Form 2016
- Essay Prize for Foundation Doctors 2016 – Guidance and Regulations
- Dorey Bequest Sir William Lister Awards Application Form 2016
- Ethicon Foundation Fund Application Form 2016
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 opt-out requests are submitted to the Royal College.
|Award Information||Closing Date|
International Glaucoma Association 2017
The maximum award will be £100,000
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 27 January 2017|
Fight for Sight 2017
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 2017. Applicants may be non-UK citizens. College membership is not required.
|Wednesday 1 February 2017|
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.
Second call opens: 29 July 2015
|4pm, 9 September 2015 (Closed)|
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.
|This award is currently on hold – further information will be published later in 2016|
Keeler Scholarship 2016
One award of up to £30,000. The Keeler Scholarship is awarded every two years. The next award will be in 2018.
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.
|Wednesday 3 Feb 2016 (Closed)|
Patrick Trevor-Roper Award 2016
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.
The award may be used to fund electives in Ophthalmology and may be spent on travelling or subsistence. Retrospective applications will not be considered. Funds are awarded for electives to be carried out in the 12 months following the closing date. The only exception to this rule is if applicants start the elective immediately before the closing date and the elective is still ongoing at that point.
|Wednesday 8 June 2016
Dorey Bequest & Sir William Lister Travel Awards 2016
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 28 Sep 2016 (Closed)|
Essay Prize for Foundation Doctors 2016
The award is for all those currently in a UK Foundation Programme (F1, F2) at the time of submission.
The winners of 2nd and 3rd place will be presented with certificates and the 1st prize will have free entry into the Royal College of Ophthalmologists Annual Congress to present work as a poster and will be invited to attend the Admission Ceremony.
|Monday 10 October 2016 (Closed)|
Ethicon Foundation Fund 2016
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 and 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.
|Wednesday 26 Oct 2016 (Closed)|