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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

  • 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
  • The Essay Prize for Foundation Doctors 2020
  • The Dorey – Lister Bequest Travel Awards
  • Patrick Trevor-Roper Undergraduate Travel Award 2020
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

Jack Kanski Award for an Outstanding Ophthalmic Educator 2021

The College is now accepting applications to the inaugural Jack Kanski Award for an Outstanding Ophthalmic Educator 2021.

The Jack Kanski Award is a lifetime achievement award to recognise passion, commitment and achievement in Ophthalmic Education.  Nominations, for this lifetime award, are open to UK based members or fellows of the RCOphth and shall be awarded every 3 years.  The awardee will receive £3000 in addition to the Jack Kanski Award.

Information for Nominators

  • Nominators and nominees should be members/ fellows of RCOphth in good standing, based in the UK.
  • Nominators should describe how the nominee demonstrates their passion, commitment and achievement in ophthalmology education.
  • Evidence will be considered from across any or all of the following domains:
    • Educational activity/ delivery
    • Leadership in Education
    • Scholarship in Education
  • The nomination will be assessed by a panel of RCOphth Members

Further details and the nomination form can be found here.

 17.00 Monday 8 March 2021.